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Veterans Benefits
Helping veterans get the benefits they deserve and plan for the future.

Despite the fact that veterans selflessly served our country, the system under which they file for and receive their benefits is confusing, complicated, and convoluted. Getting help is often a problem, as only three types of persons are authorized to provide a veteran with assistance filing a claim for benefits:

An attorney licensed to practice law in your state
A veterans’ service organization such as the VFW, American Legion, Amvets, etc.
A state or county official of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in your state.

Anyone who has dealt with underfunded and understaffed service organizations or the VA itself knows the frustration of trying to get help. Fortunately, the Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm has expertise in this area and is proud to help veterans in filing claims. An Elder Law attorney can assist you and your family by explaining many difficult-to-understand issues regarding your long-term care.

As you struggle to provide dignified long-term care for a wartime veteran and/or surviving spouse, we can help you understand the options. We are your advocates, and we want to help you stretch your hard-earned dollars further. We will hold your hand and guide you every step of the way as we consider all of your family’s resources and needs.

Read below for more information, and please contact us for a consultation:

Virginia (703) 243-3200
Maryland (301) 214-2229
Washington DC (202) 223-0270


More on Veterans Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of benefits, including programs for veterans and surviving spouses that provide:

In-home care
Payments or grants for assisted living or a retirement home
Health care

Roughly one third of people over the age of 65 in this country have the potential to receive a VA benefit. However, only 5 percent of potentially eligible veterans are actually receiving benefits.

Eligibility requirements vary, and it is not uncommon for a veteran to qualify for some benefits and not others. Some benefits are available to all honorably discharged veterans whole others are limited to veterans with service-connected disabilities or those who saw wartime service. In some instances, limitations are based on assets and income.

Medical Care
Many veterans do not realize that they may be eligible for a benefit to help cover the costs of medical care. If you are a veteran who served in wartime you may qualify for an additional monthly pension. This benefit, called "Aid and Attendance," works best for someone with modest means but large medical expenses. The VA includes most costs of assisted living facilities and nursing homes within the category of medical expenses. Therefore, even if you have a large monthly income you might still qualify if you are paying out monthly expenses for a facility.

Other allowable medical expenses include co-payments on prescriptions, insurance premiums, and patient responsibility portions of doctor's bills. In other words, all unreimbursed medical expenses are allowable as a set-off against your income from all sources. If you have more going out each month than coming in, you should look into the program.
Aid & Attendance requires that you have limited assets. You should have less than $80,000 in countable assets. There is no limit on non-countable assets. (We can help you structure your assets into non-countable categories.)
You also have to be permanently in need of the help of others to perform your activities of daily living. To certify the need, there is a doctor's report we file along with your application for pension.

A veteran can receive up to $1,949 per month from the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans who served on active duty during wartime. To receive a pension, a veteran must have served on active duty for at least 90 days during a period of war. Further, there must be an honorable discharge.

Single surviving spouses of veterans who served on active duty are also eligible and can receive up to $1,056 per month.
If younger than 65, the veteran must be totally disabled.
If age 65 and older, there is no requirement for disability.
There is no disability requirement for a single surviving spouse.

Top 10 mistakes on VA Claims

1. Failing to disclose necessary information.
2. Failing to provide supporting papers.
3. Applying for benefits but not knowing what benefits to apply for.
4. Applying for benefits when not eligible.
5. Completing the wrong forms.
6. Completing the forms incorrectly.
7. Not completing all needed forms.
8. Not signing the form properly
9. Assuming you don't qualify.
10. Not getting advice from an elder care attorney.


Call us today for an assessment of your Life Care options

Virginia (703) 243-3200
Maryland (301) 214-2229
Washington DC (202) 223-0270

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