V.A. Benefits Finder: For Older Veterans and Their Families

For older veterans and their families
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Older veterans and their families may have several benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). Which benefits a veteran or family member qualifies for may depend on the veteran's V.A. status, age, and income at the time the benefit is applied for, or the veteran's V.A. status and survivor's income at the time of the veteran's death.

All veterans (not dishonorably discharged)

Veterans with a service-connected disability

Low-income wartime veteran age 65 or older or totally disabled

Veterans eligible for V.A. pension, and survivors eligible for V.A. death pension, and who are housebound or need regular aid and attendance

Low-income veterans needing long-term care

Low-income survivor of wartime veteran

Dependent/survivor of a veteran who was totally disabled from a service-connected condition, or survivor of a veteran who died from a service-connected condition

5 months ago, said...

Are their any VA sponsored apartments in the Raleigh area which cater to Veterans over the age of 65 Are their any VA sponsored apartments in the Raleigh area which cater to Veterans over the age of 65 Hide

5 months ago, said...

Husband was a vet and went to Germany built a bridge during the 1963-65. He did not go to Nam. He died and I got nothing, once a spouse who is a vet dies the wife gets nothing. My husband left me pennyless . I feel sorry for every one that got hurt in the service that should never have happen. But no one is help a person survive. So why get married if nothing falls on the spouse after death. Husband was a vet and went to Germany built a bridge during the 1963-65. He did not go to Nam. He died and I got nothing, once a spouse who is a vet dies the wife gets nothing. My husband left me pennyless . I feel sorry for every one that got hurt in the service that should never have happen. But no one is help a person survive. So why get married if nothing falls on the spouse after death. Hide

10 months ago, said...

Some homes charge rent as soon as you sign the lease even if you are wanting for money.In and will not give you a break. Some homes charge rent as soon as you sign the lease even if you are wanting for money.In and will not give you a break. Hide

10 months ago, said...

Thank-You,very much.This web-site helped alot. Thank-You,very much.This web-site helped alot. Hide

over 1 year ago, said...

Great list! A big thank you to all of our Veterans this year for their service and sacrifice. Great list! A big thank you to all of our Veterans this year for their service and sacrifice. Hide

almost 2 years ago, said...

Wasn't aware of these benefits before reading here. Wasn't aware of these benefits before reading here. Hide

almost 2 years ago, said...

I work for the records management section for the USMC, please, please, please contact Headquarters Marine Corps (800-268-3710 or smb.manpower.mmsb@usmc.mil) if you need assistance with obtaining MARINE CORPS records. I only work on Marine Corps records. We will direct you to the most efficient way to get them. Also there are companies that promise to get you records faster but they can't, they have to use the same channels as everyone else. And NEVER, EVER pay to get a copy of your... Show more I work for the records management section for the USMC, please, please, please contact Headquarters Marine Corps (800-268-3710 or smb.manpower.mmsb@usmc.mil) if you need assistance with obtaining MARINE CORPS records. I only work on Marine Corps records. We will direct you to the most efficient way to get them. Also there are companies that promise to get you records faster but they can't, they have to use the same channels as everyone else. And NEVER, EVER pay to get a copy of your records. Hide

about 2 years ago, said...

I need it in writing the Level of care. 1, 2, 3,4. ! I need it in writing the Level of care. 1, 2, 3,4. ! Hide

about 2 years ago, said...

My son is a veteran. Went three years to Iraq, 4 years in the service. He didn't lose a leg or got killed or has PTSD or traumatic head injury, but for me still he is a hero. I told him not to go but he insisted: I am american mom and my country needed me" he said. He was in Iraq paying the soldiers but flying all over to the different offices or driving around to the different bases in Iraq. He wont talk about anything. He developed tourette there, he had some tics before but he came back... Show more My son is a veteran. Went three years to Iraq, 4 years in the service. He didn't lose a leg or got killed or has PTSD or traumatic head injury, but for me still he is a hero. I told him not to go but he insisted: I am american mom and my country needed me" he said. He was in Iraq paying the soldiers but flying all over to the different offices or driving around to the different bases in Iraq. He wont talk about anything. He developed tourette there, he had some tics before but he came back and was making faces and terrible noises, still he went three years to Iowa city university but they didn't pay for a whole career so he stopped, he says he doesn't want a loan because he will never end paying it, besides the grimaces and noises are many so he cannot work, at least that is what I think it is the reason, he wont talk to me about his feelings. He is very smart, he does translations from Japanese to English and viceverse and was always an A student with F in PE. A real nerd. I am sorry he doesn't have health insurance, dental insurance, he needs these badly but he doesn't work. He was in my insurance until last year but he is 27 now. I believe veterans should have these important insurances since they went to war for their country. We owe them. Also the army (C'mon, we have a lot of money for this noble cause) should pay a career and 3 years is not a career. I will like to take him to a neurologist, or a hypnotherapist to help him with his tourete and to a dentist to help with his teeth. Maybe he can work from home so he wont be bothering nobody with his grimaces and noises. I am sure he feels uncomfortable. Please advise me what should I do to help him and maybe you can give him a job translating from home. Hide

over 2 years ago, said...

My 86 yr old dad passed away in March 2013; he served during WWII & was Honorably Discharged. My mother qualifies for assistance & benefits as a surviving spouse but we don't know where to begin the process of getting help. She is in assisted living and we have begged the management team to help us with filing but they don't know anything about VA BENEFITS either! PLEASE HELP; how do we start the process?? My 86 yr old dad passed away in March 2013; he served during WWII & was Honorably Discharged. My mother qualifies for assistance & benefits as a surviving spouse but we don't know where to begin the process of getting help. She is in assisted living and we have begged the management team to help us with filing but they don't know anything about VA BENEFITS either! PLEASE HELP; how do we start the process?? Hide

over 2 years ago, said...

can you receive veterans benefits for funeral after you have already paid for your funeral before you got the letter saying you could get benefits? can you receive veterans benefits for funeral after you have already paid for your funeral before you got the letter saying you could get benefits? Hide

almost 3 years ago, said...

Hey. I am looking for the medical care department with the free Dental care benefits. Are there any benefits available to Veterans with no money or financial means of getting Dental work? I am in great need of Dental implants or dentures. And, I have no income at all. Can you help. I was in the military in 1990. I was discharge under general (under honorable conditions). I was given dental care during the military, but I may have exceeded the maximum dental eligibility. Hey. I am looking for the medical care department with the free Dental care benefits. Are there any benefits available to Veterans with no money or financial means of getting Dental work? I am in great need of Dental implants or dentures. And, I have no income at all. Can you help. I was in the military in 1990. I was discharge under general (under honorable conditions). I was given dental care during the military, but I may have exceeded the maximum dental eligibility. Hide

almost 3 years ago, said...

We are trying to move my mother-in-law to an assisted living facility because she has Alzheimers and can no longer take care of herself. We have applied for VA surviving spouse benefits to help cover the costs of the facility, but are being told it may take up to a year to receive them because she cannot handle her own finances and the VA doesn't recognize Power of Attorney. We don't know what to do now, as we cannot afford to cover the additional costs of the nursing home for a year while... Show more We are trying to move my mother-in-law to an assisted living facility because she has Alzheimers and can no longer take care of herself. We have applied for VA surviving spouse benefits to help cover the costs of the facility, but are being told it may take up to a year to receive them because she cannot handle her own finances and the VA doesn't recognize Power of Attorney. We don't know what to do now, as we cannot afford to cover the additional costs of the nursing home for a year while waiting for VA to approve her benefit. We were told when we first started this application that it would only take a couple of months and were prepared to handle the costs short term, but not for a year! Is it true that VA takes a year to approve this for people with dementia? We were also told we couldn't apply for this benefit until she needed assisted living, so that's why we waited to apply. Hide

almost 3 years ago, said...

Hello Everyone, Thank you Lauber for posting additional information regarding Aid and Attendance for Veterans. To find out more about Aid and Attendance for Veterans on Caring.com's website you can visit: http://www.caring.com/articles/va-aid-and-attendance-housebound-benefits. Thanks. Hello Everyone, Thank you Lauber for posting additional information regarding Aid and Attendance for Veterans. To find out more about Aid and Attendance for Veterans on Caring.com's website you can visit: http://www.caring.com/articles/va-aid-and-attendance-housebound-benefits. Thanks. Hide

almost 3 years ago, said...

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/few-know-of-benefit-to-help-aging-veterans/ Check out this little known Veteran's benefit recently highlighted in NY Times - for both vet's and their widows....shameful that it has been so hidden until now. Not mentioned here either. Please update your data http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/few-know-of-benefit-to-help-aging-veterans/ Check out this little known Veteran's benefit recently highlighted in NY Times - for both vet's and their widows....shameful that it has been so hidden until now. Not mentioned here either. Please update your data Hide

about 3 years ago, said...

My wife and my self are retired from from Ohio in teaching. We are both 83 years of age. I served in the military and got out early. Could there be any assistance from the VA if we go into an Assistance living. I have a 20% disability from the VA. My wife and my self are retired from from Ohio in teaching. We are both 83 years of age. I served in the military and got out early. Could there be any assistance from the VA if we go into an Assistance living. I have a 20% disability from the VA. Hide

about 3 years ago, said...

my dad that is now deceased was military and my mom has tri-care. will that pay for assisted living or home health care? she is into early stages of alzhimers disease. what do i do and where do i start? i dont want to wait till i have to do something my dad that is now deceased was military and my mom has tri-care. will that pay for assisted living or home health care? she is into early stages of alzhimers disease. what do i do and where do i start? i dont want to wait till i have to do something Hide

about 3 years ago, said...

I get 30% from va, but Im being paid as a single person instead of a married one, will I recieve back pay or will they just adjust my pay rate? I get 30% from va, but Im being paid as a single person instead of a married one, will I recieve back pay or will they just adjust my pay rate? Hide

over 3 years ago, said...

We are both 70 yrs old,we have tryed to get financial aid but were told we make too much money in Social Security. Well If I make too much money, why is it that we have to decide between groceries ,and meds. Not one med we get is cheap,even with insurance,it's still a debate between food or meds. We are both 70 yrs old,we have tryed to get financial aid but were told we make too much money in Social Security. Well If I make too much money, why is it that we have to decide between groceries ,and meds. Not one med we get is cheap,even with insurance,it's still a debate between food or meds. Hide

over 3 years ago, said...

I'm told there's a VA benefit to help the caregiver with in home care ie bathing. Can someone tell me if this is true? Thxs, Mary I'm told there's a VA benefit to help the caregiver with in home care ie bathing. Can someone tell me if this is true? Thxs, Mary Hide

over 3 years ago, said...

My father was a WWII and Korean Combat Veteran of the 65th Infantry and my mother is a survivor. This article covers many issues that arise upon the passing of the veteran. It will help detecting which benefits she has a right to. Thanks so much! My father was a WWII and Korean Combat Veteran of the 65th Infantry and my mother is a survivor. This article covers many issues that arise upon the passing of the veteran. It will help detecting which benefits she has a right to. Thanks so much! Hide

over 4 years ago, said...

My mother is 93 and now needs 24 hour care. She is the widow of a WWII veteran. Is there any assistance from VA for her. She has very little income. She is in crisis now. My mother is 93 and now needs 24 hour care. She is the widow of a WWII veteran. Is there any assistance from VA for her. She has very little income. She is in crisis now. Hide

almost 5 years ago, said...

I started in January of this year to get my dad's live pension going and we finally got it. Took a lot of time and work but it's paid off.. He'll be getting almost $2,000.00 a month to help pay for his home health care. It's a big help.. I started in January of this year to get my dad's live pension going and we finally got it. Took a lot of time and work but it's paid off.. He'll be getting almost $2,000.00 a month to help pay for his home health care. It's a big help.. Hide