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November 11th is a day that we set aside to remember those who have served our country in the armed forces.  It all started back in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th an “Armistice Day” to honor those who served in World War I.  Eventually the name was changed to “Veterans Day” and it was to honor all veterans of all wars.

U.S concern for veterans goes back even further in our history.  For example, President Abraham Lincoln once said that we must strive to care for and “to honor him who has borne the wounds of battle and his widow and his orphan.”  Toward that end, in I930 the U.S. officially established the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Department, now known as the Veterans Administration (“VA”) has developed numerous programs to help veterans, their spouses and dependent children.

At the present time there are numerous veterans who served our country during wartime that are aging.  Many of these aging veterans need help with long-term care and therefore the VA has provided the following benefits: (more…)

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I want to comment on an exciting area of Elder Law that is not well known: Veterans’ Benefits. Why is this area so significant? Because roughly a third of seniors who are candidates for long-term care are either veterans or widows of veterans. None of these persons wants to go to a nursing home if they need only moderately skilled long-term-care. However, Medicaid will only pay for a nursing home, it will not pay for an assisted living facility. As a consequence, many feel they have no choice. Nevertheless, most of these veterans do not realize that they can qualify for an “Aid & Attendance” pension. According to the National Care Planning Council, approximately one-third of all seniors over 65 could be eligible for “Aid & Attendance” benefits, but only about thirty percent of those are actually receiving it. The amounts obtainable are these: monthly payment for an individual: $1519 ($18,234 annually),  monthly payment for a married couple: $1801 ($21,618 annually), and monthly payment for a surviving spouse of a veteran: $976 ($11,712 annually).  Assisted living centers typically charge between $2000-$4000 per month. Thus, many of these persons would not be able to afford the monthly rate without the veterans’ benefit (because they have only $500-$1500 in Social Security and pension). With these Aid & Attendance benefits, most can afford the assisted living care they need. (more…)

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