The Department of Veterans Affairs is continually adjusting benefits to better suit veteran’s needs as they change – especially as the population of veterans ages. With over 12.4 million veterans over the age of 65 in the USA and over 413 veterans and their families in New Jersey, it’s important to know what the VA can offer in terms of assistance. Here are some insights from a leading elder law attorney in NJ.
The Aid & Attendance and Housebound Program
Housebound and the A&A are pension programs where veterans receive monthly monetary assistance. To qualify, candidates must have fulfilled 90 days of active service and have an income below the qualifying threshold. These programs are designed to assist veterans who require assistance with daily tasks, are in nursing homes, are bedridden or have other complex needs. Depending on the circumstances, a veteran may apply for one of the programs but not both, and they can assist families of veterans who qualify.
The New Jersey Transportation Program
This program offers free transportation to VA medical centers, clinics, hospitals and private physicians, as well as VA Regional Offices and local Veteran Service Offices. All you have to do is contact the NJ State Veterans Service Officer and they will assist with transportation needs.
Housing Benefits for Veterans
Elderly veterans looking for an affordable housing solution can apply for the state’s three Veteran Memorial Homes situated in Menlo Park, Paramus and Vineland. Qualifying veterans must have been honorably discharged, and benefits under specific circumstances be extended to accommodate widows of veterans and Gold Star parents. There are also additional services that veterans can access, including occupational, speech and physical therapy programs, as well as support groups and counselling services.
Enjoy the Fresh Air
Benefits are not limited to healthcare and housing services, as the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife also offers benefits to veterans that include a selection of free licenses to qualified disabled veterans, from fishing and hunting licenses to trout stamps.
Access the Benefits You Deserve – Speak to a Leading Elder Law Attorney in NJ
Frank R. Campisano is highly experienced and compassionate elder law attorney with considerable knowledge of veterans’ benefits, including assisting with applications, appeals and other Veterans and elder law issues.
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