As a Florida resident who is also a veteran, you may not know about all the benefits you can receive from the Veterans Administration. You should, therefore, educate yourself as to the numerous benefits the federal government makes available to you in partial payback for your service to your country.

As the Veterans Administration explains, you are entitled to numerous benefits, including the following:

  • Vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits
  • Education benefits
  • Disability compensation
  • Dependency and indemnity compensation for your dependents
  • Pension benefits
  • Life insurance benefits

Applying for your benefits

Admittedly, the paperwork involved with applying for your veterans benefits can be intimidating, especially if you are elderly, ill or disabled. Consequently, you may wish to seek the assistance of an attorney well versed in elder law and disability law. Many veterans and/or elder advocacy groups employ such attorneys for precisely that reason.

Disability compensation

As you age, your VA disability compensation benefits can become more and more important. Depending on the nature and extent of your disability, as well as your number of dependents, you may be eligible to receive as much as $3,600 per month in disability compensation. You may also be able to receive benefits if you need to live in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Pension benefits

If you face financial hardship as a veteran age 65 or older, you need to know about the Veterans Pension Benefit. To be eligible for this benefit, you must have been an active duty service member for at least 90 days if you first entered the military prior to 1980. If you first entered military service after that, you must have served at least 24 months in order to qualify for pension benefits. In either case, at least one of your service days must have been during a period of war.

Depending on how many dependents you have, you could collect from $13,166 to $26,036 annually in pension benefits. If your spouse likewise is a veteran age 65 or older, the two of you could collect between $17,251 and $34,837 per year depending on your respective needs for aid and assistance.

The most important thing you should know about veterans benefits is that you should not hesitate to apply for every one of them to which you are entitled. Nor should you hesitate to ask for assistance in applying for them. After all, you honorably served your country. Your country consequently wants to serve you.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.