What benefits are available for veterans and who are eligible? These were the questions I asked when I started my search to find support for my grandparents. Working in a senior living community I had heard about the Veterans Benefit Assistance program, but I thought it sounded too good to be true. After doing a little research, I found that the Veterans Benefit Assistance Program provides veterans and their spouses with financial assistance for assisted living, in-home care and nursing homes. I discovered this benefit was something many veterans and their families were not aware of or understood. My grandparents both served during World War II, and little did we know this would help pay for care as they aged.
An estimated $22 billion a year goes unclaimed because veterans and their spouses are unaware of benefits that are available to them, or they do not realize that they qualify. Assistance is available to individuals who are 65 years old or older, served at least 90 consecutive days and served at least one day during time of war.
I am thankful that I was able to find the resources for my grandparents. With the additional funding from the Veterans Benefit Assistance program, they were able to offset some of the costs associated with living in a senior community.
On Wednesday, November 1st at 5:00 PM, The Hickman, 400 North Walnut St., West Chester, will host The Veterans Benefit Assistance Program session. This seminar will provide valuable information pertaining to assistance that is available to those who have served in the armed forces and their spouse. The session will be led by Scott Ferguson, CLTC (Certified Long Term Care).
Published in the Daily Local News on Monday, October 30, 2017.