Veteran Benefits You May Be Unaware Of
Nov. 4, 2014
If you are a VET or Know a VET you MUST READ THIS. This may be the most important article you have ever read and it is retroactive too.
The Department of Veteran Affairs offers a little known benefit to war era Veterans, who are at least 65 years old, along with their surviving Spouses. It is called Aid and Attendance. It is available to anyone who served in the military while the US was involved in a WAR... anywhere in the world. You merely have to have been in the service. You need not have participated in the war.
Aid and Attendance is a tax-free benefit designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of long term care in the home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home. If you are a Surviving Spouse you can get $1,094/month...TAX FREE. If you are a VET the amount is $1,703/month and if you are a Married VET you can get $2,019/month...and you do not have to pay it back.
This Benefit is for those veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living. These are transportation, dressing, undressing, bathing, cooking, eating, grooming, personal hygiene needs, homemaking and maintenance.
There are over 100,000 VETS and or their spouses receiving this benefit today, but there should be many times that amount. The problem is that AID and ATTENDANCE is not promoted by the USA. Is that because the financial condition of our country is shaky and we do not want to pay out more money?
Most lawyers do not know about Aid and Attendance. Is this because a lawyer cannot charge a VET for assisting them with this benefit? When you think about it lawyers are the ones protecting society at every turn. They are the one's keeping corporations under control and forcing auto manufacturers to make cars safer and not explode on impact........and remember this is a lawyer educating you on this wonderful benefit.
I honestly do not think it is because lawyers cannot charge for assisting with this benefit but rather that they, like the majority of the population, do not know this benefit exists. I would not have known about Aid and Attendance but for my having sat in on the taping of the "Patti Gribow TV Show". In this show my wife was interviewing a financial planner from the EAST COAST. He talked about this seldom talked about benefit. I was intrigued and sat in on a dozen more financial planners being interviewed on her show. They all spoke about this little known benefit that is a secret here in the Coachella Valley. Quite honestly I have never met anyone in the greater Palm Springs area that has heard of Aid and Attendance let alone assisted someone with it other than one insurance gentleman.
Please let me know if you have heard of anyone sharing this info or want the number of the insurance fellow that helps Vets recover this benefit.
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