Veteran's Benefits . . . and Rightfully So!

The incalculable value of the contributions of our Veterans to our country is rarely, fully comprehended. Likewise, the full value of the non-service connected improved pension benefit available for our Veterans and their widows, is rarely comprehended either. This benefit is so misunderstood that senior facilities and family members of seniors often pay $500 to $1,500 just to gain information about, and finally obtain it. Yet this improved pension benefit has been available for Veterans since November 1, 1951.

To meet the military qualifications, a Veteran has to have served 90 days active duty, (one of which was during wartime), have a discharge of any kind other than dishonorable, and be either age 65 or disabled. In addition, the Veteran or his widow must also meet other means testing criteria for their income and assets. When properly understood, neither of these is as exclusionary as they first appear.

So why all the confusion and misunderstanding?

The services and sacrifices of our Veterans and their widows have played, and continue to play, a huge and significant role in the history of our country. The improved pension benefit needs to play, or better said, pay, a significant role in the lives of our Veterans and their widows. We need to remember the words of President Abraham Lincoln, who when speaking about the purposes of the VA said, ". . . to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphan..." And rightfully so!

All services provided by American Veterans Aid are FREE of charge to The Facilities, Senior Centers, Churches, Veterans/Widow of Veterans and their Families. And rightfully so!