Kulas & Crawford is proud of providing assistance to clients in Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, FL who are seeking veteran’s benefits. Veterans are entitled access to many different programs and even to financial assistance to help them with the issues that go along with aging. For your selfless service to your country, you may be able to receive subsidized or free nursing home care, medical care, and a variety of other supports to assist you as you get older. You and your family deserve to know about the full measure of available benefits and our firm provides help.
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If you or someone you loved is a military veteran and you want to find out about the available benefits programs, give us a call. We can assist you in determining what benefits you should be eligible to receive and can help you to navigate a complex bureaucracy which can sometimes make it hard for vets to get the benefits that they have earned. We not only guide you at every step of the way, but we’re also here and ready to answer all questions you may have including:
- What kinds of veterans benefits are available?
- What should I do to get veterans benefits?
- How can a Vero Beach veterans benefits lawyer help me?
What Kinds of Veterans Benefits are Available?
The types of veteran’s benefits which are available may include:
- Aid & Attendance (A&A) which increases a standard veteran’s pension for those who meet certain qualifying criteria, such as being bedridden.
- Nursing home care which may be available through VA or community homes. Care could be provided at no cost or may be subsidized.
- Elder care services, such as adult daycare and home care, which may be subsidized or provided at no cost.
- Medical care services, which should be provided by the VA or by qualified outside providers in certain limited cases.
- Family and caregiver support services, such as respite care for caregivers.
Your service record, your income level, and your current health conditions and needs are the key factors which determine what types of benefits you are eligible for and what programs are available to you and your family.
What Should I Do To Get Veterans Benefits?
Obtaining veteran’s benefits as you age is complicated for several reasons. First and foremost, many vets and their families are simply not aware of all possible programs for which they could be eligible. The VA doesn’t always do a great job of providing comprehensive information on benefits and it can be difficult to research the benefits system when you are coping with illness or with physical and mental limitations caused by aging.
The VA bureaucracy is also difficult to navigate. Computers are outdated, records may not be digitized if you served a long time ago, and access to information on your service record can sometimes be difficult to obtain. High demand for some VA services has also resulted in waiting lists, including wait lists for important types of medical care.
Because of both the difficulty in determining what benefits you are entitled to and the difficulty in applying for those benefits, it is advisable to have a professional who knows the system guide you through the process. If you want to get veteran’s benefits, you should thus reach out to a lawyer who can be your advocate.
An attorney can do a detailed review of your situation, discover what programs you may be eligible for, assist in the completion of a comprehensive application, and can follow up to ensure your application for benefits is proceeding in as timely a manner as possible. You can also reach out to your local VA or to veteran’s advocacy groups for help, but the assistance you receive may be more limited and no one but an attorney is permitted to provide legal advice.
How can a Veterans Benefits Lawyer Help Me?
Kulas & Crawford offers assistance to veterans and their families in discovering programs and benefits they qualify for, in completing applications, in proving eligibility, in following up on applications, and in ensuring you do everything you can to get the benefits you deserve in a timely manner. We know Florida laws and the veteran’s administration system and we use our legal knowledge and experience to help you navigate red tape and get the full measure of benefits that you need as quickly as possible. To learn more about how we can assist you, give us a call at 772-398-0720 or contact us online.