Helping our nation’s Veterans receive all the benefits they deserve
You have served our country honorably. You have earned, and justly deserve, all of the benefits to which your service entitles you. Unfortunately, many of you are unaware of the benefits available, or have been denied benefits in the past. You should know that most applications for Veterans Benefits are initially denied, even though the Veteran is indeed eligible. As New York Veterans benefits lawyers at the Victor Law Firm, we are dedicated to righting this wrong. Ellen’s father was himself a Veteran, and Ellen is passionate about helping all eligible Veterans obtain benefits quickly and with minimal stress. One of the most important but sadly underutilized of these benefits is the Aid and Attendance Program.
The Aid and Attendance Program
This program is available to Veterans needing help with basic daily activities like eating, bathing and dressing. Aid and Attendance benefits can be paid to a person outside the home, including family members or the Veteran’s spouse if he or she provides necessary care. However, if the benefits are indeed paid to the spouse, the funds are considered income in determining eligibility for the Aid and Attendance Program. If you are eligible, you can use the funds in any manner you wish, including to care for your spouse. Importantly, if you are eligible for Medicaid, you do not need to use the Aid and Attendance benefit for your nursing home care.
On a monthly basis, Aid and Attendance payments are approximately:
- Single: $1,700
- Married: $2,050
- Surviving Spouse: $1,100
Other benefits available to eligible Veterans include:
- Veterans nursing homes
- Disability compensation
- Home loan guarantees
- Life insurance
- Burial benefits
- And more
How the Veterans Administration classifies a Veteran as “eligible”
If you served in the military, naval, or air services (including the Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marines), the VA considers you a Veteran for the purposes of qualifying for benefits. To be eligible for Veterans Benefits, you must have a minimum of 90 days of active military service, with at least one of those days taking place during a period of war, or suffer from a permanent and total disability, or be 65 or older and receiving Social Security benefits. In addition, your net worth and income must fall within certain limits.
How the system works
While net worth and income are both factors in determining eligibility for the Aid and Attendance Program, there are no specific income or asset limits set by the Veterans Administration. It is important to work with a Veterans Administration accredited attorney in filing for Aid and Attendance to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled and have your claim processed as quickly as possible. Do not assume that you are not eligible! If you have been denied benefits in the past, do not despair and give up! Ellen Victor is a VA accredited attorney ready and willing to fight for your benefits as tirelessly as you fought for our country.
Contact us today to discuss your particular situation. You have served our country. We welcome the opportunity to be of service to you in return.