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Veteran’s Benefits

Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 Brings Significant Changes to State and Federal Veterans' Benefits


2019 will usher in multiple changes in benefits for veterans in California and across the nation. As a veteran, you have served your country, and you deserve these programs, but if you do not know about them, you will miss out of their valuable services.


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Friday, October 19, 2018

VA Makes it More Difficult for Veterans to Qualify for Long Term Care Benefits

As if it wasn’t already difficult to obtain needed benefits, veterans must face a new hurdle put into place by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In a new rule finalized this month, the VA has added a number of new limits and requirements to a number of veteran’s benefits programs, including aid and attendance.

What are Aid and Attendance Benefits?

Aid and attendance benefits are additional funds paid to eligible veterans and their spouses in addition to pension payments. These benefits are available so long as you meet certain conditions, which include:

  • requiring assistance from another for activities of everyday living, like feeding, dressing, protection, bathing, and using the toilet
  • being bedridden for convalescence or treatment
  • being incapacitated and living in a nursing home
  • having eyesight limited to 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes (corrected), or a 5% reduced visual field.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Veteran’s Affairs Implements New Regulations for Needs Based VA Benefits

What is the net worth limit for receipt of a VA pension?

Pension benefits can greatly assist U.S. veterans who demonstrate financial need.  Recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced new regulations governing the net worth requirements for veterans, as well as income exclusions and asset transfers.  It is expected that the changed law will allow more veterans to qualify for benefits.  Our San Ramon, California veteran’s benefits attorneys explore the new laws and what they might mean for veterans seeking pension benefits.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Veteran’s Benefits - But Probably Should

Veterans may be entitled to a variety of benefits. However, dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can be extremely frustrating. Navigating the system, including the numerous forms and requirements, can be overwhelming. In addition, VA regulations and laws are complex and can be difficult to understand.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

What Veterans Need to Know About the Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) Program

The Veterans Administration (VA) offers several benefits for disabled veterans. One of these programs is Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI). Unlike standard life insurance, which prefers to cover people who are in perfect health, the S-DVI program is only for people with disabilities. Veterans who might have a hard time obtaining conventional life insurance can get a small amount of coverage through this program.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What Benefits Are Available to Veterans and Their Families?


Eight percent of the total veteran population of the United States lives in California. 1.8 million American veterans make California their home. When you add in their families, this is a massive number of people who have served their country. If you or a family member is a veteran living in California, you need to know


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Veterans' Benefits for Seniors Expected to Be Reduced in 2017


It looks like budgets are going to be shrinking in 2017, as both Social Security and Veterans benefits are slated to become scarce. Due to a 1983 agreement between President Ronald Reagan and a Democratic-led Congress, Social Security Benefits will be cut, just as the age of retirement is raised to 67.  The cash deficit for Social Security is expected to rise from $74 billion to $361 billion by 2025.

Meanwhile, more seniors may be looking at reduced incomes as Veterans’ benefits become harder to qualify for in 2017. According to the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension program, in order to qualify under these new standards, veterans and their spouses must have:

  • $80,000 or less in assets
  • been honorably discharged
  • served 90 consecutive days, at least one of which must have been during an approved period of war.

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