Like so many other assistance programs, Veteran Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits are not widely understood, and the application process can be daunting. Glen F. Buttacavoli is a Stark County Elder Law Attorney, as well as an Accredited Attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are a veteran or a surviving spouse, Glen F. Buttacavoli can help you to attain the aid to which you are entitled, and ease the financial burden on you and your loved ones.
What does it mean to be an accredited attorney by the Department of Veterans Affairs? Accreditation is the authority, granted by Veterans Affairs, to assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits.
Why is this important to you? While other attorneys may advise clients regarding matters of benefits, they cannot actually help to apply for or attain your benefits. Accredited attorneys, like Glen F. Buttacavoli in Stark County, have been granted the authority to not only advise their clients, but to actively assist them and pursue their claims.
In addition to having this authority, Glen F. Buttacavoli will be well-informed on Veterans Affairs, including the most recent updates and changes. When you meet with him, Mr. Buttacavoli will be able to assess your specific situation, and help you to decide what assistance will benefit you most. He may also be aware of programs that have been previously overlooked, such as Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits.
These assistance benefits can be applied for in multiple manners, including by surviving spouses or as a veteran with a sick spouse. Meeting with an Accredited Attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs is the best way to determine your best course of action, and to begin the application process. Keep in mind that assistance programs like Aid & Attendance and Housebound are part of the Improved Pension, and are paid in addition to monthly pension. This means that you do need to be eligible for pension in order to apply, and also that the benefit is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation.
Aid & Attendance Pension applies to veterans and surviving spouses who meet certain criteria. For this program, the claimant must require the aid of another person for personal care in everyday living, such as eating, hygiene, dressing and undressing, adjusting prosthetic devices, attending to the needs of nature, and others. Claimants are also eligible if they are blind, bedridden, or a patient in a nursing home. The benefit can also be paid for assisted care in an assisted living facility. If you feel that any of these apply to you, a veteran or veteran’s spouse in your family, or a surviving spouse, it is in your or their best interest to contact Glen F. Buttacavoli as soon as possible, and allow him to begin the process of securing Aid & Attendance assistance.
Another tier of the Improved Pension benefit is Housebound Pension. This program is for those who prefer to stay in their own home or that of a family member, but still need assistance. A statement from a physician will be required for this aid program. Also note that this level of benefit will be automatically considered by the VA if you have applied, but do not qualify, for Aid & Attendance. In addition to the physician’s statement, Housebound Pension stipulates that the claimant require regular assistance, but is not as limited as those qualifying for Aid & Assistance.
While it is possible to apply for aid and benefits on your own, an experienced Accredited Attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs will help to expedite the application process by helping you to complete forms and gather other necessary documentation. Contact Glen F. Buttacavoli, whose Stark County office is located in Massillon, Ohio, today to discuss your veterans’ assistance options, and begin your application for aid.
Glen F. Buttacavoli, Elder Law Attorney
30 First Street SW
Massillon, Ohio 44646