This article is a guest-written blog by Hurley Elder Care Law’s Community Relations Manager, Amanda White. CaraVita Home Care is proud to work with Hurley Elder Care Law to ensure all seniors are treated with dignity and respect. A significant portion of our clients are military veterans that have needs for in-home care.
Today’s older veterans deserve recognition for their commitment, service, and sacrifice. Undoubtedly, our country is what it is today because of what they gave.
Each and every day, we talk to veterans and their families about the range of benefits that they are entitled to. Many veterans are often entirely unaware that their service, from decades ago, is remembered today.
Most notably, our elder law attorneys help families secure Aid and Attendance benefits. This cash benefit is tax-free and helps cover an eligible veteran’s (or surviving spouse’s) costs for caregivers, nursing homes or assisted living. The advantage is a sizable amount—for some, it may be up to $2,169/month.
Unfortunately, many veterans do not know that they can qualify for any benefits from the VA. After their service, they may have used the VA for education benefits or a home loan, but they mistakenly believe that only veterans with service-related injuries qualify for other services.
What Benefits Are Available?
Disability Compensation—Many Vietnam War vets who had “boots on the ground” between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, are assumed to have exposure to Agent Orange (an herbicide used extensively in the war). This exposure presumptively causes a number of illnesses that these veterans now have, such as Diabetes and heart disease. The VA provides these vets with compensation and health care benefits, such as in-home care.
Burial Expenses-- The VA provides some help with burial expenses and a free headstone or marker and burial flag. To learn more about this benefit, please visit the National Cemetery Administration.
Health Insurance for Dependents— CHAMPVA is the VA’s Civilian Health and Medical Program that provides health insurance to the spouses and dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans.
Aid and Attendance—This benefit helps with long-term care costs for older veterans and their spouses. It may help with the cost of caregivers that come into the home, personal care in homes, assisted living communities, and nursing homes. To qualify, you usually need to be paying for some care, have roughly $80,000 or less in assets (excluding one home and one vehicle) and have served at least one day during wartime while on active duty. As mentioned earlier, the benefit is a sizable amount, reaching up to $2,169/month for some.
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Who is Eligible?
Career and non-career military veterans can qualify for benefits. In general, veterans must have served at least 90 days of active duty and have a discharge that is other than dishonorable to be eligible for many benefits. (This requirement extends to 24 months of active duty for veterans who served after 1980.)
Also, non-disabled veterans may use the VA medical system, but may have to pay co-pays. Eligibility can be checked here.
Where to Start?
If you or someone you know is a veteran and not currently receiving any benefits from the VA, please contact your local Department of Veterans Services. These offices are part of the state government and have been created to help Georgia’s veterans and their families access VA benefits. You can start your search here.
If you would like additional information about the VA’s Aid and Attendance Program, please contact Hurley Elder Care Law for a complimentary phone consultation at (404) 843-0121 or visit our website at www.hurleyeclaw.com
To all the veterans and their families, thank you for your service!
Hurley Elder Law Care is dedicated to helping individuals plan for the future. Let CaraVita Home Care be a part of that plan – we are here to help. Caravita Home Care is locally owned and operated, and we personally get to know and genuinely care for our clients. If you know someone who would benefit from in-home care, contact us today.