Veterans of the United States Armed Forces have helped not just to keep Americans free but to make the world a better place. Veterans are deserving of more than just gratitude for their services, and the Veterans Administration provides a number of important benefits to men and women who have served in the military. Benefits may also be available to family members of brave veterans who have honorably served their country.
As you get older, your need for the veterans benefits provided to military members may increase. There are many veterans benefits which specifically provide for the needs of senior veterans, including benefits that help to defray the costs associated with nursing home care and home healthcare. The Bond Law Firm assists veterans in determining all benefits programs for which they are eligible and in applying for the veterans benefits they need to help enhance quality of life and defray costs of aging.
To discover more about veterans benefits and to get legal help in applying for benefits, give us a call at (218) 448-4100. Our Houston veterans’ benefits attorneys can provide personalized assistance in securing benefits and can provide answers to questions you have about veterans benefits including:
- What veterans’ benefits are available to help pay for the costs of nursing home care or home healthcare?
- Are there other veterans’ benefits available to help veterans and their family members?
- How can a Houston veterans benefits lawyer help me?
What Veterans Benefits Are Available to Pay For the Costs of Care?
One of the most important benefits that a veteran may become eligible for if he needs nursing home care or home healthcare is called Improved Pension benefits.
Improved Pension helps to defray the costs of long-term care, which is one of the greatest financial risks a senior faces as he ages. Long-term care is typically not covered by any insurer except for Medicaid, which has strict eligibility rules. Depending on Medicaid alone could result in a family being impoverished. Improved Pension helps to shield families from the financial blow of long-term care by providing an increase in income to help cover the costs of essential care services.
There are different levels of Improved Pension depending upon the specific need for care services. The basic or first level is not based on medical need. Improve Pension at this level can become available when a veteran is 65 or older or permanently disabled and eligibility is based on countable income alone.
The second and third level of improved pension, however, become available when a veteran is housebound (for the second level) or when a veteran requires “regular attendance of another person” to facilitate basic activities of daily living like taking medication and getting dressed. The third level, which provides the most substantial increase in pension income, is called Aid & Attendance (A&A).
The increase in pension income can be substantial, especially when a veteran is eligible for Aid & Attendance due to a need for nursing home care or home care help. The Bond Law Firm can provide assistance in determining if eligibility criteria for Improved Pension is met and in applying to receive this additional income.
Are There Other Veterans Benefits Available for Senior Veterans?
In addition to A&A or Improved Pension, there are many other veterans’ benefits that could provide important assistance to veterans and their families who are coping with the impact of the aging process. Benefits include medical foster care; home and community based nursing care services; adult daycare; shared decision making, hospice care, respite care for caregivers and more.
The VA is not able to provide help to every veteran in determining all of his or her different benefit options, or in completing the application process for each benefit program for which the veteran is eligible. You do not want to leave any important benefits on the table, or be left without the services and support that you need which the VA can provide. An experienced attorney at The Bond Law Firm can work with you to take full advantage of all veterans benefits that help your family and improve your quality of life.
How Can a Houston Veterans Benefits Lawyer Help?
Eligibility for different veterans’ benefits programs can vary depending upon service record, age, and income level. A Houston veterans benefits lawyer at The Bond Law Firm can offer assistance in applying for all benefits programs for which you may be eligible. Give us a call at (218) 448-4100 or contact us online to talk with a compassionate and knowledgeable legal professional who can help you to navigate the VA benefits system effectively.