Ohio Veterans may qualify for little-known benefit

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Attorney Mitch Adel of Cooper, Adel & Associates Helps Vets Get the Help They Need

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 2.04.37 PMCOLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) —Veterans with long- term disabilities can receive up to $2,000 a month, widows of veterans more than $1,000 a month through the “Aid and Attendance” benefit.

The benefit is available to veterans and their spouses who served 90 days of active duty during World War II, Korea or Vietnam—even if they didn’t go overseas.

To qualify, you must have a “health need”— something that requires the regular assistance of another person for completing basic everyday tasks, like eating, bathing and getting dressed.

Mitch Adel, an attorney specializing in veterans’ affairs with Cooper Adel & Associates, says while the individual can apply for the benefit themselves, it helps to use an attorney.

Approval can take 6 to 8 months. If you are denied and want to re-apply, you have to start the process from the beginning. However, if you are approved, you are eligible for benefits retroactive to the day you applied. Working with an accredited VA attorney can ensure that veterans can get the financial help they need as quickly as possible.

More information is available from the Veterans’ Administration at www.VA.gov or on this website.
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