Veterans Benefits for the Aging

Posted on February 18, 2013


Seniors in our country are living longer and with higher living costs and the continued rise in healthcare expenditures, many are at risk of quickly depleting their savings.  For aging veterans, one of their most important benefit programs is the Veterans Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit Program.  This program provides financial support to help veterans and their spouses or their surviving spouses to live independently while receiving the quality of care they deserve.  Funds are available for aging veterans who need assistance with medical and non-medical care both in the home and in qualified facilities.

In many cases, veterans, spouses and family, are unaware that this program exists. According to VA analysis, only 27 percent of veterans and 14 percent of widow(er)s who are likely eligible, actually receive any money from the program.

These benefits provide help with in-home elder care.

Benefits like the Veterans NSC Improved Pension Benefit Program can fund services like in-home care, assisted living facility expenses and other medical costs that many seniors face.  This program is one that all veterans and their widow(er)s should know about but the word is slow to get out.

Many BrightStar clients have the difficult task of covering their healthcare expenses and if they qualify for these funds, it takes a huge burden off of the veterans and their families. This money can be used to ensure they are given access to the care they need.

There are several reasons why veterans are unaware or misunderstand these benefits.

  • Pension benefits usually come after years of service and not, as in this case, after only 90 days of service.
  • Many veterans assume the available benefits are for those who have a service-related disability not just because they turned 65.  This program is a non-service connected benefit.
  • The Veteran NSC Improved Pension Benefit does not require a qualified veteran to have any disability provided that they are over the age of 65.

BrightStar can assist in accessing the information necessary to evaluate a person’s eligibility for the Veterans Improved Pension Benefit Program. Once approved, BrightStar can be the solution for quality in-home care.

Check out these blog entries for more information:

Monetary assistance with in-home care for veterans

VA benefits for veterans over 65: Basic Pension

VA benefits for veterans over the age of 65: Housebound Pension and Aid and Attendance Pension

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