A blog post from Annapolis-based elderlaw attorney Jason Johnson encourages older veterans, and their spouses, to find out if they are eligible for benefits that can be used to defray the cost of in-home care or assisted living expenses. Johnson says that many veterans don’t realize they qualify for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pension and the Aid and Attendance benefits, which is the pension’s highest level of benefit. It is triggered when the applicant is: blind, requires skilled nursing care, or assistance with two or more activities of daily living, such as: dressing, bathing, toileting, self-care, etc.

Do you or a loved one qualify?

According to Johnson:

Virtually all veterans who served during a period of war meet the program’s basic eligibility requirements. It is not a requirement for the veteran to have served in a combat zone or for the veteran’s disability to be related in any way to his or her service.

Learn more about Aid and Attendance benefits and the eligibility requirements in Johnson’s column for Eye on Annapolis.