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FAQs About Veteran Benefits

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FAQs About Veteran Benefits

March 1, 2023

Who is Eligible for a Veteran Pension?

Veterans may qualify for VA pension benefits if:

  • They are 65 or older, have a permanent total disability, reside in a nursing home, or receive SSI or SSDI benefits
  • They received an honorable discharge
  • Their net worth and annual income meet the current Congress threshold

The veteran’s net worth excludes specific property, like the family home, car, and furniture. Currently, the maximum net worth to qualify for a veterans’ pension is $138,489.

A veteran benefits attorney can help you understand whether you or your family member are eligible for a veteran pension and guide you through the application process.

Who May Qualify for a Larger VA Pension?

Depending on age and disability status, veterans may also qualify for Age and Attendance Benefits and/or Housebound Benefits, programs that provide additional benefits. These programs target veterans who reside in nursing homes, cannot leave home without assistance, or have severely limited eyesight or other disabilities.

Like other VA programs, the veteran’s eligibility depends on asset and income thresholds. The maximum benefit amount depends on how many persons the veteran may list as dependents.

Our experienced veteran benefits planning lawyer can ensure you or your loved one are receiving the full extent of the VA pension benefits for which you qualify.

What Medical Benefits Does My Loved One Qualify for as an Older Veteran?

Veterans of all ages may qualify for the VA’s Standard Medical Benefits Package if they finished their service with an honorable discharge and meet certain length-of-duty criteria.

The package includes the following:

  • Geriatric evaluation
  • Outpatient and inpatient services
  • Preventive care and surgery
  • Prescription drugs

Any eligible veteran may enroll in the program at any time. Participants may need to make co-payments based on their income.

An experienced veteran benefits lawyer from Family First Firm can check your loved one’s eligibility for specific medical benefits.

Are Veterans Eligible for Long-Term Care Coverage?

Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare package may also qualify for home care, assisted living, and nursing home services. Like other medical benefits, long-term care may involve co-pays based on the specific services and the veteran’s income.

VA healthcare covers:

  • 24/7 medical care
  • Assistance with daily activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management and palliative care
  • Respite care for spouses, family members, or other regular caregivers

Our competent veteran benefits lawyers can counsel you on the full scope of long-term care services available to you or your loved one as an older veteran.

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