Are you a wartime veteran (or the surviving spouse of one) with a medical condition that requires the assistance of another person? Are you receiving this care from an assisted or supportive living community, a nursing home, a home health care agency, or even a family member?

If so, you may be eligible to receive a pension from the Veterans Administration. To qualify, the veteran needs to have served at least 90 days of active duty in the military, where at least one day of this service occurred during a wartime period, regardless of whether or not the veteran was engaged in actual wartime combat. For example, a veteran of WWII (December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946) or the Korean War (June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955) who meets the above requirements and is in an assisted or supportive living community or receiving home care services for health reasons may be eligible for VA benefits of $1758.00 per month. The surviving spouse of a wartime veteran may be eligible for $1130.00 per month. A veteran and their spouse may be eligible for benefits of $2085.00 per month. A veteran residing in the community that has a spouse in need of care may be eligible for $1380.00 per month. This pension income, which is paid by the Veterans Administration, is tax-free.

The fact is, many veterans and their families are not aware of these benefits and therefore cannot afford the care that they need. Unfortunately, you must apply; the government will not notify you of your eligibility. Like any government program, the application process is not easy and is not simply explained. Minor mistakes on the application can cause delays or even rejection of benefits. Since everyone’s situation is unique and the benefits they are entitled to vary greatly, you should discuss your specific situation with a Veteran’s Service Organization or a company that can educate you about VA benefits. 

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Veteran’s Benefits was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by legacy estates