There Is Help Through The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
A little-known program through Veterans Affairs (VA) offers wartime veterans, veterans’ spouses and veterans’ surviving spouses a monthly tax-free benefit to assist with the cost of long-term care. This program is called VA Aid and Attendance and includes enhanced pension benefits. The veteran is not required to have service-related disabilities to qualify. Veterans or surviving spouses are eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform everyday actions, such as bathing, feeding and dressing. This includes individuals who are bedridden, blind or residing in a nursing home.
If you or your spouse served at least one day during one of the following wartimes, had 90 days of continuous military service and were discharged from a branch of the U.S. armed forces under conditions that were not dishonorable, you may be eligible for this additional pension.
- World War I: April 6, 1917–November 11, 1918
- World War II: December 7, 1941–December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950–January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War: August 5, 1964–through May 7, 1975 (February 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964)
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through the date to be set by a presidential proclamation or law.
The additional pension that you may be entitled to receive is as follows:
- Single veteran: $1,788 per month or $21,466 a year
- Veteran with spouse: $2,120 per month or $25,448 a year
- Surviving spouse: $1,149 per month or $13,794 a year
At Friedman Elder Law Department, LLC, we help South Florida veterans and elders from all walks of life with a broad range of legal matters. If you are seeking benefits through the VA, attorney Heidi Friedman is here to guide you through all the necessary legal steps.