Month: October 2016

The Programs Are in Place to Serve Veterans in Retirement

Know the Qualifications for Aid & Attendance Pension Benefits There are four criteria for qualifying for the Aid & Attendance benefit: Qualifying military service, medical necessity, care costs compared to monthly income and liquid assets. In order to be considered, the applicant must be 65 or older/or unemployable. Watch the interview with elder law attorney, veterans’ benefit specialist and former president of U.S. Senior Vets, Richard Schulze, MBA. Criteria One: Military Service This benefit is only available to veterans or their surviving spouses who meet the following military service history: An Honorable or General Discharge from a branch of...

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VA Pension Benefits Are the Reward for Service in Retirement

VA Non-Service-Connected Benefits for Retirement, Disability & Long-Term Care The Non-Service-Connected Disability Pension program provides a pension, rather than direct compensation, based on retirement or inability to work. Non-service-connected disabilities are medical conditions that have no relation to active duty military service. Watch the interview with elder law attorney, veterans’ benefit specialist and former president of U.S. Senior Vets, Richard Schulze, MBA. This pension program is income-based. A potential applicant can very easily earn too much through Social Security, other retirement benefits or even investment income to qualify. A key component of this Non-Service Connected Disability Pension is termed...

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The Wounds of Wars Need the Healing Compassion of the Country

VA Service-Connected Benefits for the Injured, Imprisoned & Heroic Provisions under the VA combat-related injuries; both physical and psychological address levels of benefits for former military who qualify. Even the Medal of Honor has its own pension provision. Watch the interview with elder law attorney, veterans’ benefit specialist and former president of U.S. Senior Vets, Richard Schulze, MBA. The VA benefits extend to combat-related injuries, but now they also include non-visual physiological and psychological damage. Vietnam was the first war (the government called it a “police action”) that recognized injuries were occurring beyond conventional combat wounded. The herbicide used...

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Most Vets Aren’t Aware of Their VA Benefits

It Can Be Difficult to Understand Service Connected and Non-Service-Connected Benefits There are significant benefits for those who have served in the military. Most veterans have little to no knowledge of these government entitlements. The bureaucracy can be overwhelming to engage with, leaving many veterans to simply give up on accessing the system. Watch the interview with elder law attorney, veterans’ benefit specialist and former president of U.S. Senior Vets, Richard Schulze, MBA. There are two classes of “disability” benefits for veterans and their survivors: compensation for service-connected disability or death and pension for non-service-connected disability or death. The...

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The History of Veterans’ Benefits Dates to the Revolutionary War

The United States government began to seriously consolidate services to veterans in 1930. The GI Bill of Rights passed in 1944 had more effect on the American way of life than any other legislation, with the possible exception of the Homestead Act. Watch the interview with elder law attorney, veterans’ benefit specialist and former president of U.S. senior vets, Richard Schulze, MBA. In 1952, the United States Congress passed legislation authorizing benefits for Veterans, and under Title 38 of the United States Code, created the Department of Veterans Affairs as we know it today. The Aid & Attendance benefit...

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