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What benefits are available for veterans?

what benefits are available for veterans?

What benefits are available for veterans? Veterans Pension benefits are provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs and are available to veterans, surviving spouses of veterans, or couples.

Dan Driscoll, Department Service Officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), explained most individuals don’t research their eligibility for these benefits until they have a health setback. Veterans and spouses already receiving VA benefits should have their claims reviewed every year or two to ensure they are receiving their maximum VA benefits.

Through partnership with the VFW, Laureate Group Senior Communities has made referrals to the VA averaging $1,500 a month in benefits. That represents nearly $1,000,000 in benefit money.

There are three levels that help defray the cost of assisted living, if they qualify:

  1. Basic Pension
  2. Housebound
  3. Aid & Attendance

Applying for benefits

Any veteran should apply for benefits to get into the VA system. When health or circumstances change, you don’t have to start at the beginning of the process at the time when you need assistance quickly.

Qualifications to apply

The rules of what benefits are available for veterans have changed over the years. The VA considers two things when qualifying someone: medical need and income.

Medical need

When the VA conducts an administrative review, they consider if it is reasonable to expect you to pay for your own health care over the next twelve months.

Income

Still apply if you own a home, or have assets in excess of $120,000. Having added health care costs will certainly impact your household income and could positively impact your ability to qualify.

How to apply for veteran benefits

Start by contacting your County Veteran Service Officer. If you’re unable to reach your local veteran service officer, call the VA Regional Office at 800-827-1000.

These resources are free and can help you find the information you need quickly. With an appointment, your local VFW office can assure they will have someone who will give you their undivided attention.

what benefits are available for veterans?
Dan Driscoll, Department Service Officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Beth Anderson, Executive Vice President of Laureate Group Senior Communities

Laureate Group welcomes and honors veterans

We are honored to have so many veterans who live in our 8 senior communities. It’s our priority to ensure that they receive all of the benefits they are entitled to. That is why we have partnered with the VFW to solidify that connection. Our organization supports the Wisconsin Veterans Network.

In the last year, we have connected more than 400 individuals, and secured almost $1 million in benefits for our military veterans.

Honoring our veterans goes beyond special programs in recognition of Veterans Day and Memorial Day. We promote participation in the Honor Flight program and are so proud to display our veterans’ photos on our “wall of honor” boards in our communities.