Veterans are unfortunately not often aware of certain benefits, or if they are, they don’t know how to receive what they are entitled to receive. I’m specifically talking about what is often called “Special Monthly Pension” benefits or “Aid and Attendance” benefits.
It makes sense that our government has provided a number of veteran benefits but it is sad that many times eligible veterans and their spouses (or surviving spouses) are misled into thinking that they make too much money or own too many assets to qualify for the monthly benefits.
Benefits that can equal as much as $2000 a month.
Benefits that are owed to you but that are not being paid to you or to your spouse or your parents.
And unlike some other government benefits, you can’t get the missed benefits back — the “clock” starts running on the day you file your application. You can’t get any benefits due before that time so there is an urgency to file your application (properly completed) as soon as possible.
Here are some basic guidelines — we will update with more information and will have a separate website devoted solely to the issues facing Alabama veterans who are potentially eligible for these benefits.
1. Veteran must be permanently and totally disabled or be 65 or older and have at least one day of service while in wartime (World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, etc) or be the single surviving spouse of the veteran;
2. Disability does not have to be related to military service;
3. There are income and net worth requirements that must be examined;
4. Higher benefits are awarded if the veteran is housebound or needs regular “aid and attendance” with the basic functions of life.
If you live in Alabama and have any questions, feel free to contact us through our website or call us at 205-879-2447.