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Veteran's Benefits Attorney

 Norfolk Veteran's Benefit Lawyer

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a special pension for Veterans and Widows of Veterans called the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension. This pension can provide thousands of tax free dollars a year to help pay for the high costs of long-term care expenses (defined under the VA as unreimbursed medical expenses).

Attorney John S. Burton is an Accredited Attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is authorized to prepare, present and prosecute claims in order to qualify you for benefits. He serves clients throughout eastern Virginia including Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton Roads. 

Veteran's Pension Amount

A Veteran or the Widow of a Veteran may qualify for a special pension, the amount of which varies depending on the Claimant’s marital status (married, single, widowed).The following table shows the maximum net income and maximum monthly benefits available to a Veteran or their Widow. (*These amounts may change each year based on the Cost of Living Index.)

Current Marital 
Status

Maximum Net Income*

Maximum Monthly Benefits*

  Married

  $25,525

  $2,127

  Single

  $21,531

  $1,794

  Widow

  $13,836

  $1,153

Rules for Veteran's Benefit Qualification

There are two levels of qualification. The Claimant must meet both levels of qualification. The first test is based on facts that cannot be changed (time in service, type of discharge, etc.). However, the second level allows for the claimant to make changes in order to meet the requirements.Those changes include gifting away assets, reducing income, increasing medical expenses, etc.

First Level of Benefit Qualification

  1. The veteran must have served 90 consecutive days on active duty.
  2. The veteran must not have received a dishonorable discharge.
  3. The veteran must have served at least 1 day of active duty during a war period. There is no requirement that any service be performed in a combat zone.
  4. The Widow must not have divorced the Veteran or remarried after the Veteran’s death.
  5. The Claimant must be determined to need assistance with various daily living activities.

Second Level of Benefit Qualification

  1. The household cannot have more than the Allowable Countable Assets determined by the Veteran's Administration.
  2. The adjusted Household Income must be less than the VA Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension Benefit. Although this income test is a complicated one, an experienced attorney can assist you through the process.

In order to qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension your countable assets must be below the threshold limits and your income must meet the VA test. With proper legal planning, the Veteran or the Veteran’s Widow can qualify for A&A Pension moneys and other assistance, while preserving family assets. The pension has made a major financial difference in the lives of many veterans and their surviving widows struggling with the costs of long-term care. J.S. Burton, P.L.C.has successfully obtained pension awards for many families and offers a free consultation.

Veterans Benefit Attorney Virginia Beach & Williamsburg

The law firm of J.S. Burton, P.L.C., has spoken to many national and local organizations and offers educational seminars concerning this pension. The practice serves clients throughout eastern Virginia including Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton Roads. Please contact the law firm today for seminar information.



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5425 Discovery Park Blvd., Suite 101, Williamsburg, VA 23188 | Phone: 757-215-4051