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Veterans Benefits


OWM Elder Law attorneys can assist you in understanding and applying for Veterans Benefits. Many Veterans and widows of Veterans are not aware that they may qualify for a pension. The Veteran Administration (VA) Aid & Attendance Pension is unlike disability compensation. There is no requirement that the Veteran have a service connected disability. This pension can help a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran pay for the cost of long-term care at home, or at personal care home/assisted living facility. 
In order to qualify for this special monthly pension the following eligibility requirements must be met:

  1. The Veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.
  2. The Veteran must have served 90 days or more of active duty with at least one day during a period of war as set by Congress.
  3. The Veteran or the widow of the Veteran is age 65 or older, OR is permanently and totally disabled (not due to own personal misconduct), OR is a patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR is receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Along with the above-requirements, the income of the Veteran and that of the Veteran’s spouse is taken into consideration in determining eligibility as well as the Veteran’s and the Veteran’s spouse’s net worth. OWM Elder Law attorney’s will help you understand how the VA calculates net worth, as well as help you understand how the Veteran’s or the Veteran’s spouse’s income can be reduced significantly by the couple’s monthly unreimbursed medical expenses.
OWM Elder Law attorneys, Kathleen M. Martin and Rebecca A. Hobbs are both accredited with the VA, they will meet with you and can help to determine whether you or your family member will qualify for Veterans Benefits.

2014 Pension Benefit Amounts

2014 Pension Benefit Maximum Monthly Pension Amount
Veteran w/no dependents $1,054
Veteran w/a spouse or a child $1,380
Housebound Veteran w/no dependents $1,288
Housebound Veteran w/1 dependent $1,614
Veteran requiring Aid & Attendance w/no dependents $1,758
Veteran requiring Aid & Attendance w/1 dependent $2,085
Widow of Veteran $707
Housebound Widow of Veteran $864
Widow of Veteran requiring Aid & Attendance $1,130



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