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Elder Law And Eligibility For Veterans Benefits

There are millions of veterans in the United States who are age 65 or older. As veterans age, it is critical for them to understand the benefits that are available to them. An elder law and estate planning lawyer who is familiar with veterans benefits law can provide invaluable assistance.

Salem Law was founded in 2010 to provide estate planning and elder law legal services for families in Winston-Salem and its surrounding communities. Our legal team, led by elder law attorney Daniel Umlauf, provides assistance to veterans who would like to ensure that they are receiving all of the veterans benefits that they deserve.

What Are Aid And Attendance Benefits?

Veterans who are eligible to receive the VA pension may be entitled to receive additional Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits if they are housebound or require the aid and attendance of another person. Those already receiving a VA pension may be entitled to additional A&A benefits. These benefits can help by providing significant assistance towards long-term care costs.

Who Is Eligible For A&A Benefits?

A veteran, the spouse of a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for A&A benefits. A&A veterans are available to wartime veterans who:

  • Served at least 90 days of active duty
  • Served at least one day during an active war
  • Was not dishonorably discharged
  • Meets the assets and income threshold
  • Meets the specified medical requirements

The medical qualifications for A&A benefits require that an applicant need regular aid from another person for functional activities like feeding, dressing or bathing. In the alternative, the applicant could be bedridden or suffering from an illness that requires them to stay in bed. Lastly, if an applicant is blind or a resident of a nursing home as the result of a mental or physical incapacity, they may also qualify for A&A benefits.

What Are Housebound Benefits?

Housebound benefits are available to veterans, their spouses or survivors who are substantially confined to their homes. Vets who are receiving pensions may also be entitled to receive Housebound benefits. These benefits are paid in addition to the VA pension to those who are suffering from a permanent disability. It is important to note that a vet cannot receive A&A benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.

How A Veterans Benefits Attorney Can Help

While most veterans benefits should be straightforward, the application process can be challenging. Unfortunately, applicants who might otherwise be deserving of benefits can sometimes be denied. A veterans benefits attorney can advise you on your eligibility for benefits like A&A benefits or Homebound benefits and guide you through the application process. Our experienced elder law attorney at Salem Law regularly helps clients in North Carolina obtain their veterans benefits.

Attend A Complimentary Workshop Or Schedule A Consultation With A Veterans Benefits Lawyer

At Salem Law, we regularly offer workshops designed to answer your questions about estate planning and Medicaid eligibility. Sign up for one of our complimentary workshops to learn more about how we can assist with your estate planning, probate or elder law needs. To schedule a consultation to discuss veterans benefits, contact our office at 336-715-1311 or send us an email through our website.