Many people are not aware of the existence of the Veterans Aid and Attendance special pension. This pension is different from the military retirement pension that service members become eligible for after 20 years of service.
This benefit is designed to help veterans pay for living assistance. Many people ultimately need help with their day-to-day needs at some point in time and residence in an assisted living facility is very expensive. Even in-home care can cost a good bit of money.
Medicare won’t pay for long-term care, so this benefit will really help defray the costs if you can qualify.
To be eligible you must not only be a veteran, but you must be a wartime veteran. However, the length of service requirement is modest to say the least. You need to have been in the service for at least 90 days to qualify.
This pension is not intended for financially comfortable or wealthy veterans. You must be able to prove that you need help paying for your living assistance.
Coordinating benefits that are afforded to you by the military along with the benefits that you receive as a United States citizen can be somewhat complicated. Medicare will not pay for long-term care as mentioned above, but Medicaid will pay for it under certain circumstances.
As a matter fact, most of the elders that are residing in nursing homes are enrolled in the Medicaid program.
If you’re interested in learning more about this special military pension and how you may be able to combine it with other government programs feel free to contact our firm at (631) 265-0599 to set up a free consultation.