The Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, program is an approach to end-of-life planning based on communication between patients, family, and medical providers. The main goal of POLST is to combine the advice of physicians with the wishes of patients in a single form. This POLST form enables seriously ill patients to choose treatments they want and ensures that their wishes are honored.
The purpose of an Advanced Health Care Directives is to make it easier and more practical for you to state your medical care wishes in a legally binding format.
Which matters are covered by an AHCD? [Read more…]
There are many veterans benefits provided to those who gave years of service to the U.S. Military. These include medical care and pension benefits connected to a service-related disability, and also “improved pension” for Veterans, their survivors, and widows. [Read more…]
Dependency and Indemnity compensation (DIC) is a tax-free benefit available to survivors of Veterans who died in the line of duty or died as a result of a service-related injury or disease.
As a surviving spouse, do I qualify? [Read more…]
Disability compensation is a monthly benefit available to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled due to injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training. [Read more…]
A Special Monthly Pension is available to Veterans and their surviving spouses if certain requirements are met. I am often asked if the pension is available to former spouses, i.e., divorced wives or husbands. The answer is “no” with one narrow exception. [Read more…]
Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for supplementary payments in addition to their regular monthly pension. Housebound and Aid & Attendance benefits can help to cover the cost of in-home care, assisted living, or a nursing home. [Read more…]
Financial Assessment (Means Testing) and Income Thresholds
While many Veterans qualify for enrollment and cost-free health care services based on a compensable service-connected condition or other qualifying factors, certain Veterans will be asked to complete a financial assessment, or means test as part of their initial enrollment application process to determine their eligibility for cost-free medications and travel benefits. [Read more…]
If you landed here, you are probably a Veteran, or surviving spouse/family member of a Veteran. Hopefully, you or your spouse served during a period of conflict and currently (or are about to) spend money for what I call “long term care services.” [Read more…]
If you are reading this page, hopefully you landed here because you are trying to learn about the VA’s pension program for wartime veterans or their surviving spouses. This program is available for Veterans (or surviving spouses) who served during the periods of conflict listed on the very bottom of this page. [Read more…]