Some veterans are eligible for a needs-based pension benefit. A Veteran's Pension is a cash benefit paid to war-time Veterans who have limited or no income. The veteran must have served at least one day during a time of war and have limited income from all sources. Veterans 65 and older automatically qualify to receive this benefit. If under 65 years of age, they must be permanently and totally disabled. This pension benefit is available to veterans who may not have or not qualify for Veteran's Retirement benefits.
In addition to the cash pension benefit, Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Household Benefits, paid in addition to their basic pension rates. The most common use for this benefit package includes medical care for Veterans in non-combat related injuries, such as a stroke or vehicle accident that left them permanently disabled. Benefits may also include compensation for an assisted living facility; a popular option for those who are no longer able to care for themselves.
Veterans and widows of Veterans considering a transition to an assisted living facility may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit package. The package, in addition to paying for the cost of the assisted living facility, may also pay a monthly stipend of $1,788 to $2,120 to help with living expenses.
A widow/widower of a war-time Veteran may also apply for the Widow's Pension with Aid and Attendance benefit package, making them eligible to receive up to $1,149.00 a month. Again, income from any source must be offset by medical expenses, and liquid assets must be lower than $80,000. If one's income is not totally offset, the benefit package may be pro-rated.
Other medical expenses may also qualify, including medications, in-home support, co-pays and many other benefits. If you feel you or your family may be eligible for this or any other Veterans' benefit package, contact our Veteran's Service Office and ask to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff. Our goal is to help you find the facilities and benefit packages that best meet your needs.
David West is the Nevada County Veterans Service Officer. Reach him at (530) 265-1446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nevada County Veteran's Services Office, 988 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.