Are State Veterans Homes a good option for veterans in need of care? In this Elder Law Minute video, Wes Coulson discusses this and how State Veterans Homes fit in with VA Pension Benefits.
State Veterans Homes: Are they a good option?
Hello, this is Wes Coulson with your Elder Law Minute continuing our series on Veterans’ Pension Benefits. Today, I’m going to talk about state veterans homes – how they fit into this and whether they are a good option for a veteran who needs care. Interestingly enough, the answer is they don’t fit into the pension benefits at all. Veterans’ homes are run by the states rather than by the VA. There’s not a financial requirement for eligibility, just a service requirement and residency requirement. Now, as to whether they are a good option – a couple things you need to consider. First of all is geographic proximity. For residents in Missouri there is one in North St. Louis. The other two nearest ones in Mexico and St. James are a good hour and a half drive away. For Illinois residents in the St. Louis area, the closest ones are in Quincy and Anna each at least two hours away. They also tend to have a significant waiting list. So, they might be an option but there are some definite negatives to consider. Thanks.
For more from the Veterans Pension Benefits series, visit these articles:
- Levels of Benefits
- Protecting your residence while establishing VA benefits
- How the VA determines monthly benefits
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