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

Here’s an inquiry I recently received from a U.S. military veteran.

“I am a veteran who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Fortunately, I wasn’t injured during my service. I have Parkinson’s disease now and have increasing difficulty getting around the house. I’ve tried reaching the Veterans Administration to see if I can get any assistance here at home, but it’s very tough to get through to them. Are there any benefits available for a veteran like myself?”

The good news is yes. There is an “Aid and Attendance” program that can provide financial assistance to certain veterans who served during certain wartime periods. You do not need to have a disability that is related to your military service. However, to qualify a veteran must meet specific asset and income restrictions, and restrictions based on the length, nature and timing of military service. The rules are complicated unfortunately, too complicated to give you a simple answer here, but go to my Veterans Benefits site found at for all the information on this terrific benefit.

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