The United States Veterans Administration (VA) offers a broad range of services for veterans of all ages. Unfortunately, some services are underused because many older veterans and their families do not realize these services exist or that they may qualify. They don’t apply for VA benefits even though factors such as low income, disability, or war-time service may have made them eligible. Perhaps, when younger, they used VA education benefits or had a VA home loan while thinking that only veterans with service-related injuries would qualify for other services.
Requirements for benefits have changed from time to time. Some benefits today do not require a service-related injury, although they may require copayments for veterans whose family income and assets exceed the annual limit for no-cost service. Ask about these benefits and whether there are others that may apply:
- Respite care to relieve family caregivers of veterans.
- Medical care for eligible veterans who were discharged with other than dishonorable dischage.
- Disability compensation for veterans with service-related injuries.
- Non-service connected pension for low-income disabled veterans who served during war times.
- Aid and Attendance for eligible veterans in need of the regular aid and attendance of another person.
- Burial benefits for eligible veterans.
- Death pension for low-income surviving spouse and dependents of veterans who served during war times.