As a Veteran: How to Receive Living Assistance
Venice, FL Veterans can get funding through Veterans NSC Improved Pension Benefit Programs
Q) As a Veteran , am I eligible for any living assistance or in home care? - J. Barfield - Sarasota
A) Yes, But,- According to a VA analysis, not many Veteran’s know about these benefits or take advantage of them. Only 27 percent of Veterans and 14 percent of widow(er)s who are likely eligible, actually receive any money from the Veterans Non-Service Connected (NSC) Improved Pension Benefit Program.
The Veterans NSC Improved Pension Benefit Program was established to assist qualified Veteran’s and/or their surviving spouses and family and provide financial support that enables them to live independently while receiving the quality care they deserve. Funding is available for aging Veterans who need assistance with medical and non-medical care, both in the home and in qualified facilities.
At Comfort Keepers Venice, FL, we see many clients that are faced with the difficult task of covering their living assistance expenses. If a Veteran or their surviving family and spouse qualify for these funds, it takes a huge burden off of them. This money can be used to ensure they are given access to the care they need.
To qualify, a Veteran must have 90 days or more of active duty with at least one of those days served during a US-declared war. The benefits of the Veterans NSC Improved Pension Benefit Programs are designed for those who meet specific financial criteria and demonstrate a physical need for living assistance.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines active duty as full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
Other qualifications and considerations:
- Discharge for any reason other than dishonorable conditions
- Disabled or over the age of 65
- Total financial assets of Veteran (and spouse)
- Physical condition
- Current marital status (if you are the surviving spouse of a Veteran)
- Total gross income versus medical deduction
Many Veterans often assume the available benefits are for those who have a service-related disability, not just because they turned 65. But this is not the case!
Applicants who plan to seek VA benefits for the first time must submit the Service Discharge Form (DD-214, DD-215, or for WWII veterans, a WD form) and will need to submit the following:
- Veteran’s birth certificate
- Veteran’s marriage certificate
- Children’s birth certificates or adoption papers
- Veteran’s death certificate
There are several places to find additional information regarding the application process.
- Department of Veteran Affairs at: 1-800-827-1000 or visit http://www.vba.va.gov
- State Veterans Service Officers can be found in Sarasota county at 941-861-2899
- Veterans Online Applications (VONAPP) provides the required forms online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/faqs.asp
In addition, Comfort Keepers Venice, FL works closely with local VA service officers who at no cost to you, will discuss your situation, request the correct documentation, and review your eligibility to receive funding for living assistance. They will also provide you with a planning strategy to help you qualify if they find you do not qualify for these benefits. Once approved, Comfort Keepers can also be the solution for quality in-home care.
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Comfort Keepers Venice provides in home care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in Florida:
Englewood, Harbour Heights, Laurel, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Pirate Harbour, South Gulf Cove, South Venice, Venice, Venice Beach