Video instructions and help with filling out and completing What Form 944 Pr Veterans

Instructions and Help about What Form 944 Pr Veterans

And here to tell us more about those 47 secret veteran benefits for seniors is Air Force veteran and author MS victoria Collier how are you Victoria good good welcome thank you so much oh thank you so let's go ahead and get this party started shall we sure okay so many attorneys that are as passionate about what they do as you are how did you know that this was the type of clientele that you wanted to work with well it started off first of all I used to be a nurse's aide in a nursing home and working with the senior citizens hands on and then after spending six years in the active-duty Air Force when I became a lawyer I still wanted to work with seniors and it was wonderful that I could blend that with my veteran experience and work with War two veterans and Korean veterans so it just was a natural fit awesome okay now we obviously don't have enough time to go through all 47 benefits and and of course you want people to buy the book so if we told them all the answers they would Amaya right right right all right so let's just take a look at one and run through it to give our audience an idea of what to expect from your book okay okay sure so let's start with them since I know we have a number of World War two veterans listening let's talk about the monies that World War two and Korean wartime veterans can get to pay for private health care at home or in assisted living facilities the most unfamiliar benefit that's out there that veterans of wartime service can receive is called a pension and there's three different levels of that pension there's the low income pension and then there's a supplement if they're housebound essentially they can't leave the home or if they there's another supplement called Aid and Attendance and so that's if they need the help from another person to help them with their activities of daily living walking bathing dressing toileting things like that well this particular type of income is available to wartime veterans who served at least one day during a wartime period at least 90 days in the military and it's a tax-free and and just to give you an example of a world war ii veteran who served he was never injured in the military he did his time he got out he lived for several years and then just because he got Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease now he needs that assistance from another person to help him with his daily activities well if he's married he can receive up to one thousand nine hundred forty nine dollars a month which is just over twenty three thousand dollars a year of tax-free income to help offset the cost of care mm-hmm yeah Wow that's that's a good chunk of change right there right well especially in these economic times and I've seen all too often where veterans and their family members will not take the medication they need to take because they can't afford it or they'll only eat meal one meal a day because they can't afford that and their medication so this can help them offset those costs and really truly do the things they need to do which is eat well take their medications well and get the proper care absolutely and I know there's a lot of veterans out there that could definitely use those extra monies but how hard is it to qualify and where would our veterans go to qualify or to apply right well first of all this type of benefit is based on their financial need which means that there's an income requirement and an asset requirement and so for example on the income requirements the married veteran and the spouse cannot make more than nineteen hundred and forty six forty nine hundred and forty one thousand nine hundred forty nine dollars per month together I don't do math either okay I don't either but unfortunately what the veteran doesn't what the VA does not tell you is that that's the gross amount of income being after they deduct all medical expenses so they actually can make more income than what the VA is telling them as far as on the assets side they're limited to about eighty thousand dollars or less in countable resources which exempts the home the home doesn't count and the car doesn't count but there are things that can the veteran can do if they plan strategically plan according to the Paula see in order to preserve money that is in excess of $80,000 and the VA is not going to tell them how to do that so they would need to use someone who is accredited through the VA like a lawyer to help them put that plan in place very similar to estate planning but once they're eligible then they can apply through the VA regional office in their state or they can use a veteran's service organization like the VFW the DAV others that we're all very familiar with or if they have an attorney who has helped them with the planning the attorney will often apply for them at no charge and that is a key factors that nobody can charge a veteran to help them with the application file the application and follow up on it with the VA and let's say that last night again because I think they need to hear that that one more time when a veteran is eligible for this type of pension or any kind of VA benefits when they are filing an application if they get assistance from anyone that person or that organization must be accredited through the VA and they cannot charge to assist with completing application filing the application or following up through.