Veterans VA Benefits

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Veterans Benefits (also known as VA Benefits) are separate and distinct from Medicaid benefits. Most veterans are unaware of substantial veterans benefits available to them. They only consider Service Connected Disabilities (SCD) and if none, they seldom pursue other benefits. This is unfortunate since there are numerous pension related benefits for a veteran, the most important of which is the Veterans' Aid and Attendance benefit for over age 65 veterans.

If the over 65 veteran long term care medical costs, either at home, in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, exceed their income, they may be entitled to this benefit subject to a resource and income qualification. The 2016 amounts for the benefit are substantial: for the veteran and spouse, both in need of long term care, the monthly benefit is $1150; for the veteran alone, in need of long term care, $1788 per month; and for the widow of a veteran, in need of long term care, $1150 per month. There is, unfortunately, no benefit for a spouse of a living veteran.

When long term care is being privately paid prior to Medicaid eligibility, this Aid and Attendance benefit is a substantial monetary aid.

These veterans benefits have different rules from the Medicaid rules discussed earlier, most notably, they are not subject to the five year look back rule of Medicaid in order to become eligible for the VA benefit. This and other veterans benefits are set forth in a federal booklet entitled "Federal Benefits for Veterans" . (Call 1-800-827-1000 for a print copy) or visit the VA website for additional information: www.va.gov.

Veterans (VA) Benefits are in addition to potential eligibility for the New Jersey State Veterans Homes in Menlo Park, Paramus and Vineland. The quality level of these State VA homes is excellent and parallels the quality ratings of most private pay nursing homes. The waiting list may be extensive and priority is given to veterans with service connected disabilities.

Veterans (VA) Benefits Facts

Few of our clients are aware that:

  1. Both retired veterans and their spouses/widows are entitled to benefits provided:
    1. Discharge was other than dishonorable.
    2. They are disabled or over age 65.
    3. They served at least 90 days of active duty with one day during a declared war time without requirements for battlefield service.
    4. Certain family income limits are met.
  2. In addition to service-related disability benefits for a veteran, there are pension benefits such as Aid & Attendance (A & A) available to provide care aids (including family members) to homebound (not bed-ridden), vets/spouses/widows, and to assisted living and nursing home residents. These benefits range from $1,000 – $1,950 per month to defray those private pay costs before Medicaid qualification.
  3. These benefits are in addition to available VA nursing home placement in three state VA (Veterans Administration) homes in Paramus, Menlo Park and Vineland, NJ. The quality of care credentials of these three homes are equal to private nursing facilities.
  4. McHugh & Macri are two of very few attorneys accredited by the Federal Veterans Administration in the tri-county and New Jersey region.

For a free initial consultation regarding Veterans (VA) Benefits, call us at 973-887-4254 or click here to contact us online.