Many Veterans and their families are unaware of the various benefits available to them for both service and non-service related injuries and disabilities. Service-connected compensation is paid to Veterans who are determined by the VA to be disabled due to an injury or illness sustained or aggravated during active military service. The much lesser known “Pension” benefit is available to many Veterans who do not have a service-related injury or disability (or their survivors) but who have medical or long term care expenses and need help with the cost of care. Compensation is also available to the surviving spouses of veterans, both for service and non-service connected disabilities. The requirements for eligibility are straightforward, but understanding the way the VA evaluates your particular case is not. We have clients who have been told by the VA that they were not eligible when in fact they were, or they could easily become eligible.
Applying for VA benefits is a complex process which requires considerable documentation and medical evidence. The VA will require proof of military service, marriage and/or divorce (if applicable), income, medical expenses, and proof of costs of in-home or facility care in addition to very specific medical findings.
Elder Law Carolina is experienced in assisting Veterans and their surviving spouses file for benefits with the VA. Contact our office today if you would like to find out if you are eligible for VA benefits.