You can't find your discharge papers (otherwise known as your DD214), and the VA says it was burnt in a fire. Now what? Does that mean that you can't get any benefits that require your discharge papers?
On July 12, 1973, a fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis destroyed records held for Veterans who were discharged from the Army and Air Force.
The fire destroyed 80 percent of the records held for Veterans who were discharged from the Army between November 1, 1912 and January 1, 1960. The fire destroyed 75 percent of the records held for Veterans who were discharged from the Air Force between September 25, 1947 and January 1, 1964 with surnames beginning with Hubbard and running through the end of the alphabet.
It is true that many records were destroyed, and therefore obtaining your original discharge DD214 may be impossible. However, this should never stop you from getting the benefits that you deserve. If the VA can not give you the actual discharge papers, you can obtain a letter from the VA which can be used in place of your discharge paperwork.
Begin your request by clicking here and check your benefits at the same time!
Below are the 2018 rates for the Aid and Attendance Pension. These are the maximum rates that one can get for the pension. Each case can vary and one may get a lesser amount than the below rates, however, one can not get more than the below rates.
VA Benefits is something you "Earned" - Thank you to our Veterans!
This Thanksgiving, of the many things we need to be thankful for, let's not forget to be our veterans. Our veterans have fought for our country, and have given us our freedom.
Because you served our country during a period of war, you have earned special recognition and benefits. The VA Aid and Attendance Pension is designed to re-pay you and your family for the sacrifices you made when we needed you most. Whether you served in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the current Gulf War, you have earned our respect for the time and dedication away from family and friends.
If you are 65 or older, a veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marines, or Coast Guard, and you served at least one day during a period of war (you did not have to be in combat) and received any discharge other than dishonorable, you may be eligible for funds to help pay for long-term care expenses at home or in a care community.
To learn more, explore additional details here on our web site or call us at 800.262.1735. Find out what you may be eligible for in a brief no cost phone consultation.
What a great Veterans Day Weekend!
We spent the weekend thanking our Veterans for their selfless service to our country. It was an honor to meet so many amazing heroes!
A special thank you to all of the Assisted Living Communities that partnered up to make this weekend possible.
Most of us feel the desire to participate and do something for our veterans on veterans day. However, many of us do not know where to begin.
Military.com had a great article of 8 ways to participate in Veterans day 2017! You can do this on Veterans day itself or any day of the year! Below is summary of the 8 items within their article. You can view the full write up by clicking military.com.
1. Show Up - Attend a Veterans Day event in your area
2. Donate - To get a few ideas for donations, you can check out this page.
3. Fly a flag - Veterans Day is a great opportunity to fly the flag! Check out Military.com's guide to the flag.
4. Ask someone about their service - It seems like we all know someone who has served and Veterans Day is a great time to ask them about their service. Sometimes you don't have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.
5. Write - If you know a veteran, write a simple postcard or e-card that recognizes them on Veterans Day.
6. Don't Confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day - Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.
7. Visit a VA Hospital - Many VA facilities will have events on Veterans Day or a special lunch you can help prepare.
8. Get Outdoors with a Veteran - Invite a veteran or a military family to explore a national park -- admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day.
Eligibility is based upon dates of service, discharge status, and need for care.
Basically these are:
1. Wartime Veteran - must have served one day during a period of war, with at least a total of 90 days of active duty.
Dates which are considered "periods of war": (need one day of active service during this time)
2. Must have received any discharge status other than dishonorable.
3. Must now need the assistance of another individual to assist you with at least one activity of daily living*.
Needless to say, it isn't that simple. See our post "Qualifications for VA Benefits - Aid and Attendance" for more details on what it will actually mean to you or you loved ones.
If you meet the eligibility requirements (see our post on the eligibility requirements by clicking here), you must then meet the qualification standards.
These standards are based upon income, the cost of care that is needed, and the amount of savings and investments that you have accumulated. There is no set standard for qualification. Each case must be evaluated on it's own to determine whether or not a veteran or spouse will qualify.
Unlike other governmental benefits, the Aid and Attendance program does not currently penalize individuals for making adjustments to help them qualify.
This means that knowing whether you qualify or not, can only be done by speaking with an expert. Just like when one files taxes at the end of the year, one generally does not simply go to the IRS and give them their paperwork and information. We understand that by going to a tax expert - an accountant, he or she will be able to save a significant amount of money or get back a larger refund, using allowances, exemptions, and other tools that are available to each person based on their individual situation.
Benefits with the VA is no different. An expert can get you a lot more generally than one would otherwise get, by having a deep understanding of the VA benefits, and knowing how to apply them to an individual case.
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