This pension plan gives benefits for veterans and their surviving spouses who need the regular assistance of another person who can help them with bathing, eating, dressing, undressing and the needs of nature. The plan also extends to people who are blind or in nursing homes due to a physical or mental incapacity. Assisted care at an assisted living facility also qualifies under the plan.
In order for a person to qualify for A&A, their physician must affirm that they need the assistance of others in the way of cooking, eating, leaving home, bathing, dressing and undressing, putting on or removing prosthetics, etc. Individuals do not have to require assistance with all of those items, but there does need to be medical evidence that they cannot completely function on their own.
Currently, this pension plan will provide up to $1632 each month to a veteran, $1055 per month to a surviving spouse or $1949 per month to a couple. Of course, those numbers are subject to change year-to-year as the government sees fit.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to qualify for this level of assistance. The good news is there are other options available. You may consider applying for a pension. Take a look at the information below, to better understand your benefit options. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss other aid and assistance alternatives, contact an estate planning attorney.
As a veteran, you are able to take advantage of special benefits. This can allow you to get extra assistance with your everyday needs. You may be eligible if you meet the following requirements:
• You’re 65 years of age or older or are permanently and totally disabled;
• You were discharged for reasons other than a dishonorable discharge;
• You served at least 90 days of military service, one of which being during a war time period. (If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were ordered); and
• Your countable family income is below the yearly limit, which is set by law.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project - A web-based venture that improves access to pro bono civil legal assistance for Active-Duty Military Personnel, including Active-Duty Members of the National Guard and Reserves. Referrals of income-eligible Service Member clients through the Project originate in Military Legal Assistance Offices after a thorough screening for legal merit by Military Handling Attorneys and additional screening by supervising Military Attorneys. The Project legal staff then offers eligible cases to private-sector attorneys and firms that have registered with the Project website and are qualified pro bono providers in the geographic area and subject area of interest for that case.
Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) - LAMP fosters the continued growth of the Military legal assistance programs, promotes the delivery of legal services to Military Personnel and their Family Members and to persons accompanying the Armed Forces outside the United States, on their personal legal affairs; and maintain close liaison with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard), the Military Services, bar associations, and appropriate committees of the Association to enhance the scope, quality, and delivery of free or affordable legal services to eligible legal assistance clients. A state-by-state listing of the efforts of bar associations to assist deployed and mobilized personnel is accessible from the LAMP website.
Operation Enduring LAMP Program - A consortium of state and local bar associations that have made a commitment to recruit volunteer attorneys, and in many cases offer training and facilities to volunteers, in order to assist Military legal assistance providers with civil law matters affecting Service Members. Operation Enduring LAMP efforts across the country offer varying kinds and levels of service.
Young Lawyers Division - ABA YLD is the home for young lawyers. With over 150,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the ABA YLD is the largest young lawyer organization in the world. The Division is committed to assuring it is best able to represent the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves, and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.
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