(Columbus, Oh.)-Veterans with long-term disabilities can receive up to $2,000 a month, widows of veterans more than $1,000 a month through the “aid and attendance” benefit.
The benefit is available to veterans and their spouses who served 90 days of active duty during World War II, Korea or Vietnam, even if they didn’t go overseas.
Mitch Adel an Attorney with Ohio-based Cooper, Adel and Associates -specializes in veterans affairs.
He says you must have a “health need”–something that requires the regular assistance of another person for completing basic everyday tasks, like eating, bathing and getting dressed.
Adel says while the individual can apply for the benefit themselves, it helps to use an attorney. Approval can take 6 to 8 months. If you’re denied and want to re-apply, you have to start the process all over again. If you’re approved, though, you’re eligible for benefits retroactive to the day you applied.
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