Most people are unaware of this Veteran’s benefit which will pay a monthly tax-free stipend to help support qualifying Veterans and their surviving spouses. This benefit was established in 1952 and provides a direct, tax-free, monthly pension to help defray the cost of long-term care in assisted living or at-home care. A married veteran may be eligible for up to $1949, a single veteran $1644, a surviving spouse may be eligible for $1056 a month.
This most important benefit can help many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional money to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a “Pension Benefit” and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility
In order to qualify for this benefit, the veteran must be 65 years old, must have an honorable discharge, must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during an official period of conflict, must have a medical necessity requiring care and must meet income criteria.
To learn more about how to claim this benefit you could go to a VA Benefits Counselor, a county Veteran’s Officer or directly to the VA website at: www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/pension/vetpen.htm
You may also call Senior Seasons and we will be happy to put you in contact with a local volunteer who can work with you.