Wes Coulson discusses how widowed spouses of veterans are eligible for VA benefits. These benefits can be used to pay for nursing home, assisted living, and even home care. Many people think that only veterans can receive these benefits, but the VA also provides them to widowed spouses.
Hi, I’m Wes Coulson and this is your Elder Law Minute. We are given the privilege of helping a lot of people in establishing eligibility for veteran’s pension benefits. These are benefits that can be really helpful toward paying for long-term care in any setting, not just nursing home, but also assisted living and even for home care. Because they are known as veteran’s benefits, some people have the misconception that only a veteran can be eligible for them. That’s not true. The VA also has, at each level of benefits, what are known as widowed spouses’ benefits. They’re not as high as the benefits available to the veteran, him- or herself, but if you’re paying for long-term care out-of-pocket, boy, the money sure does come in handy. So if you’re hearing this, if you’re the widowed spouse of a veteran or listening on behalf of one, give us a call. We can talk to you about planning to help you get those benefits to pay for long-term care. Thanks!