Wartime Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits
Many veterans suffering from chronic conditions mistakenly believe they are not entitled to VA disability benefits if they were not injured while serving in the armed forces. However, if you or your deceased spouse served in the United States military for even one day during wartime, you may qualify for a special benefit referred to as aid and attendance.
At Schwartz Law Firm, in Farmington Hills, we help veterans as well as widows and widowers of veterans obtain all government benefits to which they are entitled. Our firm is a member of Lawyers for Veterans Claims (LVC), a national veterans' law practice in Michigan. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping those who bravely served our country get the benefits they were promised for their military service.
Requirements for Veterans Aid and Attendance
Aid and attendance is a special monthly pension available to disabled wartime veterans or their surviving spouses. To qualify, the veteran or the veteran's widow/widower must meet the following requirements:
- The veteran must have served in the military for at least one day while at war.
- The veteran must have served in the military for at least 90 days.
- The veteran must have received better than a dishonorable discharge.
- The veteran must be homebound (meaning the veteran or his or her spouse essentially requires full-time care and cannot leave home without assistance).
- The veteran requires help with everyday living functions such as bathing, feeding and dressing.
If you are over 65, are permanently disabled and unable to work, are homebound or need the regular aid and attendance of another—whether at home, in assisted living or in a nursing home — it is time to speak with a lawyer to determine if you qualify for aid and attendance benefits.
Keeping Disabled Michigan Veterans at Home
While aid and attendance benefits can be used to pay for the cost of an assisted living facility or nursing home, they can also be used to pay a family member to care for the veteran at home. Further, these benefits can pay for the services of a professional in-home care provider service. They can also be used toward purchasing necessary adaptive equipment.
Contact Our Law Firm to Schedule a Free Consultation
For a free initial consultation to discuss your eligibility for aid and attendance benefits, contact our Detroit lawyers today. Our office is conveniently located in Oakland County in southeastern Michigan off of Interstates 275 and 696. We are confident in our ability to earn your trust.