A. There are many types of veteran’s benefits available to qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses. There is a pension that’s available to the veteran or their spouse to increase their income and to help them pay for high medical bills. This is commonly referred to as Aid & Attendance. The Aid & Attendance Pension is a needs-based, tax-free benefit paid to a wartime veteran and his/her surviving spouse who requires the aid of another person in order to perform activities of daily living.
A. Yes, veteran’s benefits can help you pay for assisted living and for nursing home costs. If you’re a private-pay resident then you can use those veteran’s benefits to pay for the care that you’re receiving. If you become eligible for Medicaid Long-Term Care benefits then your veteran’s benefits will be reduced to $90 per month, however you’re allowed to keep that $90 per month in addition to the other amount you’re allowed to keep under the Medicaid rules.
A. Yes. Don’t let the label “pension” confuse you. While in most contexts the term “pension” is related to retirement that is not the case with the VA. All veterans, not just those who retired from the military, can be eligible for this benefit.
A. Yes, if your husband was a qualifying veteran and you have not remarried since his death, there may be some benefits that you are entitled to. Some examples of these are dependents indemnity compensation or death pension. You can see a Veterans Service Organization or a VA qualified attorney to help you determine your eligibility for these benefits.