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Tax Free Monthly Income for eligible WARTIME VETERANS & WIDOWS to Help Pay for Long Term Care

Are you aware that there is a little-known pension benefit called Aid and Attendance which helps veterans pay for in-home care, visiting caretakers, assisted living, or nursing home bills?    You can also use this money to reimburse your family members for the care they provide to a veteran at home.

Few veterans have ever heard about it. Veterans who qualify can receive a check for up to $2,085 per month tax free or $25,022 per year. Think of it as financial assistance for elderly veterans.

If you are a veteran or a surviving spouse and you need help with activities of daily living, we would love to talk with you to see if you qualify for these tax-free benefits that do not affect your Social Security payments.

Please call Terry Douglas, Elder Law and VA Accredited Attorney at (410) 721-4569. 

ACTION PLAN:  Review your military discharge papers (Form DD-214). 

  1. Served at least ONE DAY during a wartime period; (e.g. WWII, Korea, Vietnam)
  2. Served at least 90 days on active duty;
  3. Received a discharge that was honorable; is
  4. 65 years or older, and in need of assistance by another person to help with their activities of daily living (i.e. walking, bathing, dressing, etc.); and
  5. Meet certain financial criteria (we can assess this and create a plan for qualification).

 What are the Wartime Periods?

WWII December 7, 1941 thru December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict June 27, 1950 thru January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era  February 28, 1961 thru May 7, 1975 (if in the Country of Vietnam)
Persian Gulf  August 2, 1990 thru the present

Are you eligible?

To find out if you’re eligible for this benefit, call my office today for your FREE VA Benefits Review.  The sooner you get started, the better.  We just need to know if you own a home, your income, the value of any retirement and non-retirement accounts, and the cost of care. 

Have Questions? We can help! 

Call us to find out how to quality, how to apply, and how we can reposition your assets to meet eligibility requirements.

How to reach us:

  1. EMAIL
  2. FAX: (410) 510-1778
  3. CALL: (410) 721-4569

An attorney must be accredited by the Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist you with a VA claim.        

Terry Douglas is a VA Accredited Attorney (and a Veteran).

We look forward to starting a conversation about the benefits you deserve because of your military service.

URGENT NEWS!!! Congress proposed a new law that may change how veterans get the VA aid and attendance benefit. They want to impose a penalty for transferring assets.  If enacted, it could delay you receiving this cash benefit or make you ineligible to receive it!  So, apply under the current standards now.

VA Benefits Available

There are three types of benefits available that provide a monthly cash payment to veterans who have long term health care needs. Below is an overview of the three benefits,

  • Service Pension. The VA provides a monthly cash payment to wartime veterans who meet active duty and discharge requirements, who are either 65 or older or disabled, and who have limited income and assets. Service pension is also available to a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran. An unmarried veteran can receive up to $985 per month, a married veteran can receive up to $1291 per month, and a surviving spouse can receive up to $661 per month (with additional payments available if dependent children are present in the home). 
  • Pension with Housebound Allowance. A slightly higher monthly payment is available to wartime veterans (who meet the same service requirements as Service Pension) but who are confined to their home for medical reasons. An unmarried veteran can receive up to $1204 per month, a married veteran can receive up to $1510 per month, and a surviving spouse can receive up to $808 per month (with additional payments available if dependent children are present in the home).
  • Pension with Aid and Attendance. The highest monthly benefit is available when a wartime veteran or surviving spouse requires the assistance of another person to perform activities of daily living, is blind or nearly so, or is a patient in a nursing home. This benefit, often referred to simply as "Aid and Attendance" is the most widely known and talked-about benefit as it offers the highest possible  monthly payment. An unmarried veteran can receive up to $1644 per month, a married veteran can receive up to $1949 per month, and a surviving spouse can receive up to $1056 per month (with additional payments available if dependent children are present in the home).

Pension benefits with an Aid & Attendance supplement are available to a veteran or widow(er) of a veteran who meets one of the following conditions:

  1. Claimant is blind;
  2. Claimant is living in a nursing home; OR
  3. Claimant is unable to:
    • dress/undress or keep self clean and presentable;
    • unable to attend to the wants of nature; AND/OR
    • has a physical or mental incapacity that requires assistance on a  regular basis to protect claimant from daily environmental hazards.

Planning Note: While Aid and Attendance is the most popular VA benefit, it is important to remember that Service Pension is available to wartime veterans or surviving spouses who do not require assistance with activities of daily living but are either disabled or 65 or older.

The maximum permissible family income limits for aid and attendance benefits:

  1. Veteran with no dependents (single):
    $1,758/month; $21,107/year
  2. Veteran with one dependent (married):
    $2,085/month; $25,022/year
  3. Widow(er) with no dependents:
    $1,130/month;  $13,563/year

Time is of the essence for veterans or surviving spouses who may be eligible for pension benefits. It is imperative for those who work with veterans or surviving spouses of veterans to be aware of these benefits and to help potential claimants obtain legal help to qualify for pension benefits. If you know of someone who may be eligible, please give us a call.




Maryland Attorney Terry Douglas serves residents from Annapolis, Arnold, Broadneck, Crofton, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Ft. Meade, Gambrills, Glen Burnie, Highland Beach, Hillsmere Shores, Millersville, Odenton, Parole, Riva, Severna Park, Shadyside, and surrounding Maryland communities. Attorney Terry Douglas assists clients with Maryland legal services throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland.



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