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Can you hear me now?

January 31, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

If you have been following The Beacon of HOPE's efforts on behalf of our local veterans, we can report that it is successful, having meet with seven vets on the morning of Jan. 10.

We are now adding a second facet of VA benefits that is not talked about or understood by many of our vets. The "Pension with Aid and Assistance" is a smorgasbord of benefits for vets in need of various types of financial assistance.

As with all VA benefits, we start with determining eligibility. The process starts with specific questions to understand if you qualify. Here are some of the limitations. To qualify you must have served during wartime. Your net assets must be under $80,000, excluding your home. The maximum income for a single veteran is $21,962, for a married couple is $26,036, and for a widow is $14,113. If you have any ongoing medical expenses such as home health care, assisted living or private health care, these are some of the types of expenses that can lower the threshold for compensation. In other words, if a single vet makes $30,000 but has $10,000 in qualifying medical expenses, he or she would qualify as they would have $20,000 in income after all the medical care expenses have been deducted.

If you believe you meet the income and net worth guidelines, you can schedule a meeting with us on Friday Feb. 9, between 9 a.m. and noon. Please bring your DD214 and any other pertinent information for review.

Please keep in mind if you cannot make the appointment, call us and maybe we can see another vet.

If you have questions about this benefit or other VA benefits, please call the Beacon of HOPE at 239-283-5123. I will call you back and schedule a time to talk in depth about your questions.

Let the Beacon of HOPE help you.

James L. Garnett

USAF 1966-1969

 
 

 

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