Sometimes veterans, or surviving spouses, are reluctant to accept the Pension money (also called Aid & Attendance or Disability funds) because they don’t want “charity” or something they did not earn.
But you did earn the money.
As Abraham famously said on March 4, 1865, “the debt owed to America’s veterans is to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and for his orphan.”
Later the mission was stated as “To serve America’s veterans and their families as their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive the care, support and recognition they have earned in service to this nation.”
It is a debt the government recognizes that it owes you for your service (or the service of your deceased spouse).
So always feel comfortable finding out what you are entitled to receive. Remember it can be as much as $2000 for you if your spouse is still alive and you need help with basic daily functions.
To ignore these benefits is to show disrespect for your service to our country — its the same as someone wanting to pay you for work done and you won’t take the money. You earned these benefits and now you are entitled to them in your later years. Take advantage of getting what you have earned.
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 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.