As a veteran, you have earned many benefits for your selfless service to your country. As you age and begin to experience more health issues and incur medical expenses, taking advantage of these benefits becomes increasingly important in order to protect your financial security. Veterans benefits can provide payments for many of the types of care that seniors need, and can offer services which can help you to maintain and improve your quality of life. The key, however, is knowing what benefits are available to you and taking the right steps to maximize the benefits that you receive.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates P.C. is a Connecticut law firm focused on helping former service members and their families to receive every benefit they deserve. We are grateful to those who have served their country and are proud to be able to provide legal guidance and advice to help veterans to take full advantage of their earned benefits. To learn more about the personalized advice and assistance we can offer, give us a call now. We’ll also answer questions that you may have including:
- What types of veteran’s benefits are available to me?
- What do I need to do in order to get veteran’s benefits?
- How can a Connecticut veteran’s benefits lawyer help me?
What Types of Veterans Benefits are Available in Connecticut?
There are many different types of benefits available to veterans, with your eligibility for particular programs determined based on things like your income, health status, and service record. Some of the different kinds of benefits you could potentially receive include:
- A pension increase. Many veterans who served get a pension, but you could actually have your pension increased if you are eligible for Aid & Attendance benefits. Aid & Attendance benefits are available to eligible veterans who live in nursing homes, who cannot do routine daily activities without assistance, or who have vision of 5/200 or worse in both eyes.
- Nursing home benefits. Veterans may be able to get free or subsidized care in community living centers or VA nursing homes.
- Elder care services. There are a variety of geriatric care benefits available, which range from adult daycare to home healthcare. These benefits may provide free or subsidized services depending upon income level and the particular services you receive.
- Hospice and end of life care. Respite care may be available so caregivers get a break when providing help to patients who are seriously ill or injured. Hospice care may also be provided. These services are also either free or subsidized, depending upon income.
- Medical care. Medical care can be provided at VA hospitals, from providers who accept Tricare, and with other private providers in certain circumstances. Your eligibility for medical care and insurance coverage will vary based on age, service record, and other relevant factors.
In some cases, getting these benefits can be a challenge. For example, there may be limited placements in VA nursing homes, and there may be a waiting list for healthcare at the VA. However, if you know your rights, you should be able to get the benefits that you have earned.
What Do I Need to Do In Order to Get Veterans Benefits?
The specific steps you will need to take to get benefits will vary depending upon what benefits and programs you need. You may need to make sure you have information about your military service, your income, and your health status. It is imperative that you complete all applications in their entirety and that you provide all supporting information, because the process of applying for benefits can be a lengthy one with delays in application reviews.
Unfortunately, antiquated computers and other issues at the VA have made it more difficult than it should be to obtain benefits. Having a legal advocate who knows the system, who can provide assistance in cutting through the red tape, and who can advocate for you can be invaluable as you try to get the full benefits you both need and deserve.
How Can a Connecticut Veterans Benefits Lawyer Help You?
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates P.C. provides legal representation to veterans and their family members. Our Connecticut veterans benefits lawyers can review your situation, advise you of programs for which you may be eligible, and assist you throughout the entire process of applying for benefits. Give us a call today at (860) 548-1000 or contact us online to learn more about the personalized legal services that we can provide to you and your family.