There are a few possible benefits to which veterans are entitled through the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA), and the York County Department of Veteran’s Affairs office is an amazing resource. Terry Gengdron and his team are more than willing and able to assist you with all of the benefits available to veterans. They take their jobs very seriously; I am honored to call them my friends, and can’t thank them enough for the service that they do for veterans.
One benefit that we elder law attorneys typically see more than some of the others is the Aid & Attendance benefit, which is available to all veterans who served at least 90 days, one day of which was during active war time, or the surviving spouse of such veteran. The veteran did not have to serve in a combat zone, just have been in the service during the specified periods of war.
There is also an income test, which basically provides that the veteran’s income must be less than the cost they are paying for their care. The final test is an asset test, the basic rule for which is that the assets cannot exceed $80,000 although there are a number of other factors that go into the calculation.
The amount of a benefit to a veteran is approximately $2200 a month, and the amount to a surviving spouse is about $1100 a month. While these amounts are not huge, they can be very helpful at a time when a veteran needs assistance with in-home care or care at a personal care or assisted living facility or a nursing home. This benefit can help offset some costs of care, and help the veteran breathe a little easier. Veterans are incredible people who have made great sacrifices in defense of our country, and this benefit is just a small way to help repay that service. If you are a veteran and you are starting to get to a point in your life where you are needing assistance, whether it is in the home or in one of those other facilities please contact the VA to learn more.
The full details of these benefits can easily be found on the internet, as well as by contacting the York County Department of Veteran’s Affairs at 28 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. We also provide a good bit of information about these benefits at our workshops which we offer weekly at Bellomo and Associates. Our workshop schedule is on our website, or you can call us at 717-845-5390.
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