Martha Simms, 78, had been living off of her husband’s pension, her own Social Security and the proceeds from the sale of her home in Fairfax. As her nest egg began to shrink, Simms’s son, Craig, wasn’t sure how she would continue paying the monthly bill of her in-home caretaker. (Note: Ms. Simms is fictional, but similar to a client that The Law Firm of Evan H. Farr, P.C. may help apply for Veterans Aid and Attendance).
Joe Simms, Martha’s late husband, served in World War II and was honorably discharged. Craig Simms learned that as the spouse of a veteran, his mother may be eligible for Veterans Aid and Attendance. Nearly 182,000 veterans and their spouses take advantage of the Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit, but VA officials say that many more are eligible.
To be eligible, beneficiaries must be at least 65 years old, veterans or married to veterans who served during a wartime period, and must have been honorably discharged. Applicants must also need help with at least one activity of daily living: eating, walking, dressing, bathing, using the toilet, or adjusting prosthetic devices. Those who live in nursing homes or require in-home care, or are blind, may also be eligible.
If you are a Veteran or spouse of a Veteran and you need assistance, be sure to make an appointment for a free consultation. We can work with you to evaluate if you qualify for TheVeterans Aid and Attendance Benefit and help you file the paperwork.
P.S. For the rest of the month of November 2012, Veterans and Veteran’s spouses can take advantage of a special 20% discount in honor of Veterans Awareness Week, just by mentioning this posting!
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