If you have served your country during wartime, or are the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, you may be eligible for a wide range of benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many veterans and surviving spouses (as well as their children and caregivers) don’t know whether they would qualify for any of these benefits, and our attorneys can help them evaluate the various eligibility factors.
The applicable regulations and eligibility criteria for various VA benefits can be very confusing. Add to that confusion a long list of terms and forms that the VA is constantly changing, and many clients don’t know where to start or even what questions to ask. Our attorneys guide clients through this maze and help them decide whether to pursue applicable claims.
Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension are among the benefits managed by the VA. Intended to provide older veterans and surviving spouses with financial assistance for long-term care, the amount of the monthly pension benefit can vary widely depending on the veteran’s or spouse’s financial situation and cost of care. Sometimes referred to as “Aid and Attendance,” these pension benefits can offset the high costs of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or in-home care.
Effective October 18, 2018, the VA implemented changes to applicable regulations regarding determination of Net Worth, Asset Transfer penalties, and Income Exclusion as related to claims for Veterans Pension and Survivor Pension.
Our Veterans Pension practice offers:
- Review of potential eligibility and qualification for Veterans Pension and Survivor Pension claims
- Advising regarding the differences between Medicaid benefits and VA Pension benefits, and applicable eligibility rules