5 Life Changing Veterans Benefits You Might Not Know About
Most military veterans are well aware of at least some of the many health care and education benefits available to them, but there are still some lesser-known benefits and programs that may have gone under their radar. This is just a handful of some of the veteran benefits that you may not know about.
Aid & Attendance
Aid & Attendance is an excellent benefit for older or disabled veterans who may not be able to physically take care of themselves. This is an increase to your monthly pension to cover the costs of personal care, and it may be available to you if you require the assistance of another person for bathing, feeding, getting dressed or other personal functions required for everyday living. Those who are bedridden, confined to a nursing home or have corrected eyesight limited to 5/200 acuity or less may also qualify for this benefit. Aid and Attendance is a tax free VA benefit that can be received while receiving Medicaid. For those who qualify the monthly benefit can be as much as $2056!
Although someone providing personal care to a veteran may not receive monetary support, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs does provide a free support line to caregivers who need help navigating military benefits or simply dealing with the stress of working as a caregiver.
When a veteran dies, family members have some unique benefits available to them. One significant benefit is that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides free grave markers to veterans upon request. Other veteran’s death benefits include requesting a United States flag draped over a casket for the funeral, and they may request a Presidential Memorial Certificate to honor the deceased.
Most veterans know about using the G.I. Bill to cover the costs of receiving a college degree, but they may not be aware that the bill can be used to pay for vocational or certification programs as well. This is an incredibly useful benefit for veterans who wish to change careers that don’t require earning a college degree.
Unused credits earned through the G.I. Bill can be transferred to the spouses and dependent family members of veterans. Service limits do apply, but this is still a great benefit for veterans who don’t plan to attend college yet don’t want their G.I. Bill to go to waste.