There are VA benefits available for veterans while in their home, in assisted living, and for those needing the nursing home. The VA provides many different benefits for veterans. Each program has their own qualification criteria. Usually, the qualification factors consider the veteran’s discharge status, length of service, dates of service, assets and income, any service-connected disabilities, and maybe others depending on the specific program.
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The VA is good to provide this information while enrolling, but sometimes the veteran does need a translator to best understand. I do recommend those wanting VA nursing care benefits for in-home, assisted living, or nursing home care, carefully evaluate the eligibility requirements before applying.
The first step to qualify for nursing care benefits is an eligibility evaluation. These rules and regulations periodically change and are typically updated on the VA’s website.
A popularly and often discussed benefit for a veteran, or their surviving spouse is referred to as Aid and Attendance. This is a cash payment from the VA used to offset unreimbursed medical and nursing home costs. For 2020 this benefit can be almost $1800.00 dollars a month for unmarried veterans, almost $1200.00 dollars a month for surviving spouses of veterans and over $2100 dollars a month for married veterans.
A couple of hints about this area of veteran’s benefits. It’s important to note that they will not help you plan or provide legal work. But for the easiest cases, the Missouri Veterans Commission may be helpful. The Missouri Veterans Commission is a state agency established to aid veterans, their dependents, and surviving spouses by providing information for their rights, and in the easiest of cases, assist in applying for those benefits.
Another hint that may be helpful, if you don’t already know, is the availability of Missouri Veterans homes. The two closest to this area are located in Cameron Missouri and Warrensburg Missouri. The application is long and there is always a wait to get in, but right now the maximum charge is just over $2000.00 dollars a month and they do offer excellent care for veterans. Legal assistance is available for those applying for VA Benefits. An experienced VA certified attorney can be invaluable when evaluating qualifications and taking you through the process.
At Paths Law Firm we can help. It’s important to discuss your goals and layout the options available in your specific situation. This can include assistance and getting the necessary and helpful documentation for a successful VA application. Paths Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to help determine VA eligibility. We help plan and apply for most benefits. See this month’s blog entry for more information and detail on these benefits. Or, call Paths Law Firm for a virtual or in-person consultation.