We have discussed this little known veteran benefit known as a “veteran pension” or “aid and attendance” benefits. It often surprises folks how many veterans are still alive, and potentially eligible for these benefits, from our major wars.
For example, World War II, which has eligible dates of December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946, has over two million veterans still living. Approximately 16,000,000 served. If we take 18 as the youngest age, someone serving in World War II would have been born from 1923 to 1928.
So in 2012, veterans of World War II will be around the ages of 84 to 89 or older.
The Korean War, with dates of June 27, 1950 to January 1, 1955, involved over 5,000,000 soldiers from the US and over 2,000,000 veterans are still living. These veterans will be in their 70s or older.
The Vietnam War has dates (there are exceptions) of August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975. With over 8,000,000 veterans, and over 7,000,000 still living, this is the largest group that are or will be eligible for consideration. The ages of these veterans, who enlisted at age 18, are in their mid 50s to 60s.
Finally, the “Persian Gulf” war, which is still technically ongoing as there has been no presidential declaration that it is over, has dates of August 2, 1990 to Today. There is a staggering number of veterans still living as most new enlistees will be in their late 30s at the oldest. (Note there are some different rules on length of service for veterans of this war).
The point of this blog post is to remind all of us how many living veterans there are. Sadly, the vast majority of the veterans (and surviving spouses) who are eligible for veteran pension benefits are not receiving them.
If you are a veteran with active duty service, or you are a family member of a veteran, I suggest you find out if you or your family meet the eligibility requirements so that the benefits that have been earned (by the ultimate service) can be received.
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.