What Benefits Are US Veterans Entitled to?
Which benefits you are entitled to can depend on the specifics of your service and your discharge, but, in general, US veterans are entitled to these benefits:
- Disability Compensation: If you were partially or completely disabled as a result of your military service or had a previous condition that was aggravated by your service, you may be eligible for tax-free monetary disability compensation. A veterans disability lawyer knowledgeable in veterans disability law can help you determine what level of compensation you are owed in disability benefits.
- Pension: Veterans with wartime service may be eligible for a monthly pension. Your surviving spouse and children may also be eligible for this tax-free benefit.
- Education and Training: Education benefits, known as the GI Bill, can pay all or part of the costs of education, whether your goal is a four-year degree, a two-year degree, a trade-school certification, or even a few classes to enhance your employability without pursuing a degree. In some cases, these benefits may extend to family members.
- Health Care: Free or low-cost health care in VA hospitals or clinics is a benefit that is available to most veterans. Some care in non-VA medical facilities may also be covered, depending on the circumstances.
- Home Loans: The VA provides home loan guarantees that are designed to allow veterans to get mortgages with favorable terms from private lenders, even if they might not have otherwise qualified. Benefits of this program can include no down payment requirements (some lenders may require a down payment, but the VA does not), low-interest rates, limited closing costs, and no need for private mortgage insurance. This is a lifetime benefit and can be used multiple times.
- Insurance: The VA offers many different kinds of life and disability insurance to veterans.
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E): This is a training and education program designed to assist service members who may need job training, employment accommodations, resume development, or job-seeking skills coaching. There are also supports available through this program for veterans who are business owners (or want to be) and independent living services for those who are severely disabled and cannot work in traditional employment.
- Burial: For a service-related death, VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001, or up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 11, 2001. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed. For non-service-related death, VA will pay up to $796 toward burial and funeral expenses for deaths on or after October 1, 2019 (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $796 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery).
You spent years of your life serving the United States, and these benefits are owed to you. Our skilled VA attorney will help to make sure you get everything for which you are eligible.
Are There Benefit Programs Specifically for Elderly Veterans?
Many of our living veterans are entering old age and need specialized care to continue with the daily activities that are necessary for a decent quality of life. While all of the benefits listed above may be available to veterans of any age, there are two particular programs specific to elderly veterans that can be of great assistance:
Aid and Attendance (A&A)
is an increased amount paid in addition to your regular monthly pension if you meet at least one of these required conditions:
- You require help performing daily functions, possibly including bathing, eating, or dressing.
- You are bedridden.
- You are a patient in a nursing home.
- Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
is an additional amount added to your pension if you are mostly confined to your home because of a permanent disability.
Are Members of the Reserves and National Guard Considered Veterans?
Active military service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marines is not the only way to serve your country. It is not uncommon for National Guard or Reserve troops to be called up to active duty in times of need, and this can qualify these patriots for veterans benefits. Long service may also qualify you, even if you were never called up to active duty. National Guard and Reserve members are considered veterans and are eligible for VA benefits if they meet the following requirements:
- You were deployed on federal active duty for at least 180 days and received a discharge that was higher than dishonorable or bad conduct
- You served at least 20 years and received a discharge that was higher than dishonorable or bad conduct.
Why Do I Need an Attorney to Access VA Benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs is a huge and complex governmental agency. Like all government agencies of this size, it is complex, bureaucratic, and ridden with red tape. The last thing you need after you have served your country and possibly suffered injuries and disability is to have to fight with the VA to get the benefits you were promised. Krause Law will take your case and do all of the paperwork and legwork needed for your VA claims
so that you can rest and recover without the frustrations and headaches of dealing with the VA.
Unfortunately, many veterans go into the benefits application process without all of the knowledge and skill that they need to find success and get the benefits they need. Denials can be demoralizing, and going through the appeals process can be even more complicated than applying in the first place. Too many veterans stop trying after a denial and go without the benefits they are owed. We don’t want to see that happen. We are tenacious and dedicated to helping every veteran get all of the benefits they should have after risking their lives to protect our freedom.
You’ve done your fighting. Now you need a skilled and experienced veterans law attorney from Krause Law to fight for you to get the benefits your sacrifice and service entitle you to. You don’t know the word “quit,” and we don’t, either. Our attorney will fight aggressively to get you every dollar and every support that you deserve. Life after military service doesn’t have to be a struggle. We can help you get not only monetary benefits but also counseling, job training, and career planning assistance so that your post-military life is on track and moving forward as it should.
At Krause Law, we have dedicated our practice to veterans law. We deal with the VA every day, and we know all the ins and outs of benefit eligibility, applications, and the veterans appeals process. Whether you have not yet applied for VA claims or have applied and been denied, the experienced VA attorney at Krause law can stand by you to cut through the red tape and get you the benefits you have earned.
You fought for us. Now let us fight for you. Call Krause Law., PLLC
at (612) 888-9567
to speak with a fellow veteran attorney and get started enjoying the benefits you are owed in return for your patriotic duty.