What Benefits are Available to Veterans?
The U.S. Veterans Administration offers a wide variety of benefits to American military veterans, as well as to their dependents and survivors. However, due to the size of the VA system, the complexities of government bureaucracy and the day-to-day challenges older adults generally face, many elderly veterans are not seeing the benefits to which they are entitled.
If you’re a military veteran, the following are just a few of the benefits you might be able to receive:
- Healthcare: The VA provides necessary care at medical centers across the country for free or reduced costs. The system does not limit care to illnesses or injuries related to military service, and also offers special services related to HIV/AIDS, addiction, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.
- Pension: Many veterans receive monthly or annual pensions based on a variety of factors, including age, disability, other income and family size. VA pensions are nontaxable, and for many veterans they represent a primary source of income.
- Disability pay: For veterans with service-connected disabilities, monthly disability pay may be available based on the extent of the injury, the number of dependents and various other factors. Again, these benefits are nontaxable.
- Housing: The VA offers a variety of benefits related to housing, from home loans to the option of benefiting from assisted living service. Assisted living may be an attractive option for older veterans in particular.
- Ability to retain other benefits: Veterans are not limited to receiving benefits through the VA. Medicaid coverage, for example, is crucial to helping many veterans ensure they receive the healthcare they need at the lowest possible costs.
Eligibility for veterans’ benefits may depend on when you served and for how long. If you need assistance navigating the complex VA bureaucratic system, meet with a knowledgeable Florida attorney at the Charles Law Offices right away.