Today is Veterans Day 2011.  Our sincere thanks and gratitude to the many in America who have served our great country, and our heartfelt desire that the politicians running our country can have the backbone and resolve to keep it great.

More than 41 million Americans have served in the US military since 1775.  Approximately 23 million of them are alive today, and more than 17 million living veterans served during a period of conflict.  There are approximately 7.391 million veterans of the Vietnam War (1964-1975).  Approximately 2.275 million veterans alive today served in the Korean War (1950-1953).  More than 2.244 million veterans of Operation Desert Shield/Storm are surviving (1990-1991). And, more than 1.711 million veterans of World War II are alive today (1941-1945).  [Statistics courtesy of  “America’s Wars”, Department of Veterans Affairs.]

All of those veterans serving during the period of time of any conflict (almost 12 million veterans) may be entitled to various benefits from the Veterans Administration, including, among other potential benefits, pension benefits or Aid and Attendance benefits.  The survivors of deceased veterans may also be entitled to VA Pension benefits or VA Aid and Attendance benefits.  No service connected disability is required to qualify for these benefits that have been long authorized by federal law.

Qualification is based on age (over 65), the veteran’s active duty service, and at least one day of the active duty service was during a period of war, and certain other financial requirements.

These benefits fall into two main categories:  VA Pension benefits, and VA Aid and Attendance Benefits.

    VA Pension Benefits

        Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited income are who are age 65 or older.  The maximum annual pension rate for a veteran without spouse or child is $11,830 annually.  For a veteran with one dependent, the maximum annual pension rate is $15,493.

    VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits

        Aid and Attendance is a benefit paid in addition to the monthly pension above.  It is payable if the veteran 
            (1) requires the aid of another person inorder to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protectin himself/herself from the hazards of his/her daily environment; or 
            (2) the veteran is bedridden, in this his/her disability or disabilities requires that he/she remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment; or 
            (3) the veteran is a petient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity; or 
            (4) the veteran is blind, or so nearly blind as to have corrected visual acuity of 4/200 or less, in both eyes.

        Housebound benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension if the veteran,
            (1) has a single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling and, due to such disability, he/she is permanently and substantially confined to his/her immediate premises; or
            (2)  the veteran has a single permanent disability evaluated as 100 percent disabling and another disability, or disabilities, evaluated as 60% or more disabling.

Similar “death pension” benefits are available for an unremarried surviving spouse of a veteran, or an unmarried child (who is under 18, in school and under 23, or was incapable of self support before the age of 18) of a deceased wartime veteran.

If you, or your spouse, or your parent is a veteran who served on active duty during one of the times during which our country was at war, you may be eligible for Veterans Pension benefits.  If the veteran is in an assisted living facility or nursing home, the veteran may be entitled to Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits.

I am an accredited VA attorney for Veteran’s Pension benefits and Aid and Attendance benefits.

You can get more information about VA Pension benefits and Aid and Attendance benefits at our website.

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