By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Veterans Benefits Attorney

Did you know that VA benefits are a possibility for a military veteran? Recently I met with a client who is an Army veteran who had served during the Korean War but didn’t see combat. His wife has struggled to care for him since a stroke left him partially paralyzed. She says she’ll never put him in a home. Their children are helping out after the wife injured her back in the process of caring for her spouse of many years.

This veteran will likely qualify for the Improved Pension with Aid and Attendance, which will help reimburse at-home care expenses. Combat service or a service-connected disability are not required. A veteran only needs to have served during a wartime period and been discharged other than dishonorably. However, there are financial eligibility criteria. His and his wife’s assets may not exceed $80,000, excluding the home and car. Also, their income cannot exceed a certain level once recurring medical expenses are deducted. Please visit my website for more information. You will find extensive information on this topic as well as informative and easy to follow videos.

I suggest to many families they not delay exploring the steps a family member can take to become eligible. The Veterans Administration has indicated it will change its rules shortly.

To discuss your NJ Veterans Benefits matter, please contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at  Please ask us about our video conferencing consultations if you are unable to come to our office.