If you are an older (age 65 and up) or disabled war-time veteran, or you are widowed from a war-time veteran, and you have ongoing out-of-pocket medical or care expenses, you are potentially eligible for veterans pension benefits. If you are the married spouse of a veteran, you cannot apply directly for benefits, but your medical and care expenses (as well as your income) will be considered when your spouse applies. As a result, there are instances in which a veteran age 65 or over who does not personally need care can qualify based on his spouse’s care expenses. About 2/3 of men in Missouri and Illinois age 65 and over (and a smaller number of women) are veterans, and about 2/3 of widows age 65 and over are widowed from veterans If you're in the St. Louis, MO area and you need advice from an experienced VA Benefits Lawyer Contact Coulson Elder Law now.
VA Benefits Newsletters and Videos
- Elder Law Minute: Caregivers and Benefits Eligibility - There are planning opportunities that allow an elder to pay a family member to be their caregiver at home and establish eligibility for benefits. It is a great option for care, but you need to see an elder law attorney to make sure you’re doing it correctly so it won’t affect the elder’s [...]
- Elder Law Minute: Widowed Spouses of Veterans Can Get VA Benefits - Wes Coulson discusses how widowed spouses of veterans are eligible for VA benefits. These benefits can be used to pay for nursing home, assisted living, and even home care. Many people think that only veterans can receive these benefits, but the VA also provides them to widowed spouses. Hi, I’m Wes Coulson [...]
- Eight Things You Need to Consider Before Choosing Someone to Assist You in Planning and Applying for VA Benefits - There are a lot of people out there offering their services to help people qualify for VA pension benefits (most often “aid and attendance” benefits). Your choice of someone to assist you with that important process can have far-reaching financial consequences. Here are eight things you need to consider before choosing someone to assist [...]