Veteran Benefits — Three Common Myths About Pension Eligibility

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Veteran Pension (Aid & Attendance) — which is a wonderful benefit of up to $2000 per month — is used by only a small percentage of those who are eligible. There are a number of reasons for this but we want to look at just three of the common myths that discourage people from even applying for this benefit that they have earned.

The Benefits Are Only For Service Related Disabilities
There are benefits for service related disabilities. But the “Pension” benefits are for NON-service related disabilities, including simply be 66 years old or older.

Now, if you are “homebound” or need what is known as “aid and attendance” to help you with daily living activities, then your benefits will likely increase.

The Pension Benefits Are Only For Those Who Retired From The Military
The word “Pension” can fool us into thinking this is for “retirees” of the military. That is not true at all.

You may have only served a short time in the military and left when you were in your early twenties. It doesn’t matter.

This “Pension” benefit is to help veterans (who qualify) who have some type of disability (non service related) or who are over 65.

The Benefits Are Only For Those Veterans Who Have Been In Combat
Sometimes the benefit is known as being for “War-time veterans” which is true but somewhat misleading.

You do have to have been on active duty for at least one day during a war time as defined by the VA.

But this does not mean you had to be in a combat zone — you can be active duty and be stationed here in the US or at a military base in an allied country. While those who faced “hostile fire” deserve our admiration, this is not a requirement to be considered a “war-time veteran” for purposes of this important benefit.

Conclusion
These three myths, and others that we will address, are not true and prevent many veterans (and their families) from having the options and freedom to live their lives where (at home for example) and how (independently) that they choose.

Rather than assuming the myths you read about or have heard about are true, we suggest you find out (at no charge) what your options are.

If you live in Alabama and have questions about this benefit for you or your spouse or your parents, please let us know by calling us at 205-879-2447 or you can fill out a contact form on our Alabama Consumer site. Do note we are creating a separate web site just for this area of the law in Alabama but it is not up and running yet so feel free to give us a call at 205-879-2447.

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