National Care Planning Council. Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit: Long Term Care Benefits for Veterans. (National Care Planning Council, 2007). 209 pages.
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Help is out there for veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans who need long-term care, but it can be hard to find information on the available benefits. In an effort to change that, the National Care Planning Council, an organization dedicated to helping individuals plan for long-term care, has published a book that provides detailed information on long-term care benefits for veterans.
The book provides an overview not just of long-term care benefits but of all veterans' benefits, including health care benefits, disability benefits, and state veterans homes. But the focus of the book is pension benefits and the aid and attendance allowance that provides extra money to veterans (or their surviving spouses) who need long-term care. There are detailed sample cases explaining exactly how the pension works and showing how recurring medical expenses can be used to qualify for aid and attendance. In addition, the book offers comprehensive information about filing claims.
The many appendixes provide a glossary, phone numbers and addresses of service providers in every state, as well as Veterans Administration forms.
This is not the book to get if you are looking for a quick, easy-to-read overview of the topic, but it is the book to get if you want an in-depth understanding of how veterans' benefits work, what options are available and how to apply.