Are you a Veteran Living in Southern Pines, NC?
Veterans and their families are our nation’s greatest heroes. Sadly, millions of these men and women are eligible for Veterans’ Benefits but do not receive them. How is this possible? There are many reasons, including confusion over available benefits, eligibility requirements and the complicated approval process itself. Worse, one of the most valuable benefits available is also one of the most underutilized—the Aid and Attendance Pension Program.
The Aid and Attendance Pension Program
This benefit allows an eligible veteran to receive more than $23,000 per year for assistance with medical expenses and long-term care. An eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can receive more than $12,500 per year. Aid and Attendance can be used to pay anyone, including a veteran’s child, for home care. It can also be used to help pay for professional care in the home, assisted living, nursing home care and more. In effect, Aid and Attendance allows an eligible veteran or widowed spouse to remain in his or her home for as long as possible, and at the same time protect family assets against the cost of long-term care.
Eligibility requirements for Aid and Attendance include, but are not limited to:
- 90 days or more of active duty, with at least one day during a period of wartime
- A discharge other than dishonorable
- The veteran or spouse must have medical expenses
- Applicants must pass an income and asset test
If you think you or someone you love might be eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits, contact our North Carolina Veterans’ Benefits attorney for a consultation. We can determine if you are eligible, expedite the application and approval process and help you obtain all of the benefits you deserve. Even if you have been denied Aid and Attendance in the past, we may still be able to help.
State Veterans Nursing Homes
Should a veteran need long-term care and be unable to live at home, North Carolina maintains four full-service nursing homes just for veterans. These homes cater specifically to veterans and are staffed with competent nurses and physicians who work hard to maintain a high standard of care.
In order to qualify for care at one of these homes, a veteran must:
- Serve in the Armed Forces for more than strictly training purposes
- Receive an honorable discharge
- Reside in the state of North Carolina for 24 months prior to the application date
- Receive a referral from a licensed physician
- Be needful of a skillful nursing staff
- Show disability by reason of age, disease, or other as determined by a physical exam
Income and Property Tax Relief Opportunities
In addition to the benefits listed above, the state of North Carolina also offers income and property tax relief benefits for veterans. Check out a few of these great grants and benefits. You may be claiming money as income when it is technically not considered to be so.
For income tax:
- Grants for Motor Vehicles: If you lost your sight or the use of limbs and need a new vehicle, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will assist you in buying a new vehicle. This income paid to you is free from income taxation.
- strong>Grants for Specially Adapted Housing: If your injuries require you to use a wheelchair, the money given to you to make your home wheelchair-accessible will not be counted as income and will therefore by exempt from your income taxes.
- Education and Training Allowances: After serving, you may decide to go back to school. The money for your education from the Armed Forces is not counted as income and is exempt on your taxes.
- Disability Pay: If the Armed Forces is currently making any disability payments to you, then do not consider this income. It is exempt as income.
For property tax:
- Certain motor vehicles: If you own a vehicle that has been altered to fit your disability, you may qualify for property tax relief. To be qualified as a disabled veteran, you must meet the criteria outlined in 38 U.S.C. — 101(2) and be entitled to special automotive equipment for a service-connected disability.
- Specially adapted housing: If you receive government assistance under Title 38, United States Code Annotated will be eligible for an exclusion from ad valorem taxation on the first $38,000 in assessed value of housing, which also includes the land.
Navigating the many benefits offered to veterans can be confusing and difficult to understand. If you are unsure which benefits you qualify for or how to go about getting these benefits, contact our experienced attorneys at the Ward Law Offices. We know the law and we are here to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Contact our offices today and let us help you receive the benefits you so rightfully deserve.