This week, as I and my family prepared our Independence Day festivities and enjoyed the fireworks (not the infamous 15 second ones!), I was reminded of why I do what I do. This country, like virtually all nations, is a product of war. Valiant service by our military was necessary to the success of the Revolutionary War, and the creation of the longest-standing government of its kind: The United States of America.
Throughout our history, we have sought to protect national ideals of freedom and equality, which formed the basis of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The philosopher John Stuart Mill said, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.” It is this mode of thinking that has sent our nation to war on numerous occasions to defend our ideals and promote our national identity. However, our wars always come at a great cost to our military members. This price is paid by relatively few members of our society. Their payment comes in the form of death, injury, mental illness, and long-term mental and physical trauma.
For these reasons I was reminded to honor our service men and women this Independence Day and remind myself that as the sky lit up with the booming fireworks display, we have current service members experiencing skies lit with firing weaponry. It is only right that we should repay our military for the traumas of war.
The VA. Aid and Attendance Non Service Connected Pension is only available to war-time veterans. If you or a loved one is ill or disabled and served during any war period, that person may be eligible to claim over $24,000 per year to help offset the cost of housing and long-term care. The illness or disability is not required to be service-related. For example, a war-time veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s may be able to qualify for Aid and Attendance pension. Additionally, the veteran did not have to be deployed into war. It is enough to have served during a recognized war period.
The pension is intended to help veterans who might otherwise be unable to pay for their own long-term care. As a result, income, assets, and other factors will be considered when determining whether the veteran is eligible. Interested veterans should contact an attorney accredited by the Veterans Administration for assistance with the forms and the claim process. Beware of companies proposing to take a share of a successful pension claim or buy out the pension for a lump-sum payment. Such schemes are being investigated by the federal government.
If you believe you might be eligible for assistance, do not hesitate to get going on the paperwork. It often takes months to obtain a favorable result. If you believe you might be eligible in the future, it is possible to do some planning for your eligibility, through such actions as creating a QVap Trust. Either way, remember that you earned this benefit. It’s our way of saying thank you.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July!
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