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How Does Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits Work?

Gene Kirzhner Feb. 25, 2020

In Rhode Island, there are more than 700,000 veterans. These individuals put their lives on the line for the principles of our country and to protect our freedoms. However, these selfless acts are not always repaid as they should.

Fortunately, in the state of Rhode Island, there are extensive veterans’ programs to choose from, and countless ways that this state seeks to help out the bravest of their residents for years to come. To better understand veterans’ aid and attendance benefits in Rhode Island, let’s take a look at what these benefits are and how they work for those that need them.

What Are Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits?

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “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 additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to pension.

Since Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.” Essentially, veterans are given monthly benefits and assistance in various aspects of their life to help them live comfortably despite the potential medical problems and mental health issues that may have arisen in the military.

How Do They Work in Rhode Island?

One of the best aspects of living in the state of Rhode Island as a veteran is that there are countless benefits programs available to you. According to Veteran Aid, Rhode Island provides veterans with healthcare services, including medicine and surgery, counting with 32 subspecialty clinics.

On top of this, Rhode Island’s veterans’ benefits cover dermatology, pulmonary/vascular issues, rehabilitation, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health treatment, alcoholism and drug abuse assistance, financial assistance, rental assistance, senior assisted living programs, education services, and debt aid.

To learn more about these services and which you qualify for, head over to the State of Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs. If you would like more assistance regarding your veterans’ aid and attendance benefits, contact the Law Office of Howe and Garside! We have the connections you need and will gladly help you get situated in no time.