Many veterans who earn benefits through selfless service to their country are unaware of the full extent of the benefits available to them. As you get older, develop new health concerns, and incur new costs associated with aging, it is very important that you understand how veteran’s benefits can help you to defray expenses and ensure you are provided for.
Amen, Gantner & Capriano – Your Estate Matters, L.L.C. offers comprehensive assistance to clients with veteran’s benefits. Our St. Louis elder law attorneys understand the benefits that are available and know how the application process works. We’ll help you to find out what benefits you should be receiving and to ensure you put together the strongest applications you can. Give us a call at 314-966-8077 to find out more about how we assist veterans and to get answers to some of your questions about veteran’s benefits including:
- Am I eligible for veteran’s benefits?
- What do I need to do to get veteran’s benefits?
- How can a St. Louis veteran’s benefits lawyer help me?
Are You Eligible for Veteran’s Benefits in St. Louis?
Veterans may be eligible for many different kinds of benefits. The types of benefits that you have access to can increase as you age and as you develop various health conditions.
For example, for veterans who meet certain criteria related to the need for home care or nursing home care, Aid & Attendance benefits can result in an increase in a monthly pension. The added amount in your monthly pension can defray some of the costs of hiring a home health aid who can assist with personal functions, or the added amount can help to subsidize the costs of nursing care.
There are community nursing homes for veterans, which may be another option for former servicemen who are no longer able to live on their own. Nursing home care may be subsidized or may be provided for free depending upon your needs, your income level, and the availability of beds in nursing homes in your area.
Day programs for seniors, respite care to provide relief to caregivers, and healthcare benefits are also among the many different types of benefits and services that are provided to vets and their families. Because there are so many different benefits programs and eligibility varies for each, it is important that you have a knowledgeable advocate review your situation and advise you on all of the different kinds of benefits that you should be eligible to receive.
What is Involved in Applying for Veteran’s Benefits?
The process of applying for veteran’s benefits can be difficult, especially since the VA is notoriously understaffed and since the technology at the VA is outdated so computers with different information cannot talk to each other.
As you apply for benefits, you will typically need to provide proof of your service record, your health condition, your income levels, and other factors affecting eligibility. The specific application process and the information that you have to provide to go along with your application is going to vary depending upon what kinds of benefits you are trying to obtain, among other factors.
An experienced veteran’s benefits lawyer will help you to understand the specific application process for each of the different benefits programs that you are eligible for based on your age, income level, service record, and health status. Your attorney can also take care of the technicalities for you by assisting with completing the application, compiling supporting paperwork, and dealing with the VA on your behalf.
The costs of aging can be substantial, especially if you need expensive medical care, require home health aids, or need nursing home care. You owe it to yourself and to your family to learn what veteran’s benefits are available to defray costs, to help you achieve security in your old age, and to help you get your medical needs met. An attorney will assist with the process of finding and applying for benefits, as well as keeping up-to-date on the status of pending applications.
How Can a St. Louis Veteran’s Benefits Lawyer Help?
Amen, Gantner & Capriano – Your Estate Matters, L.L.C. offers assistance to veterans and their families with navigating the complicated veteran’s benefits system. We are proud to help you get the benefits that you have earned by serving your country and we will work with you at every step from determining what benefits you deserve to getting the benefits you need. Give us a call today at 314-966-8077 or contact us online to learn more about how our St. Louis veteran’s benefits lawyers can help.