The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a variety of benefits to help support spouses of disabled Veterans with a 100 percent rating so that financial burdens and other challenges can be alleviated. A Veteran is given a rating of 100 percent if they became permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability that occurred during their time in active service. An experienced Veterans benefits attorney can explain what spousal benefits are available and help determine if you are eligible for certain benefits and what steps you need to take to apply and secure benefits.
Types of Spousal Benefits
Veterans who have a 100 percent service-connected disability are eligible for specific benefits for their spouses. Benefits are designed to not only help the Veteran, but their family deals with the challenges of caring for someone with a disability. If you are a Veteran's spouse with a 100 percent disability rating, benefits are often included, but you must be aware of what is available to secure them. Many benefits are automatically included for the spouse, while others may need you to apply for them to be awarded.
Types of spousal benefits include:
Veterans that have a 100 percent disability are eligible for specific payment increases for their spouses. These increases are automatic and do not require the spouse to apply.
The VA will provide up to three years and nine months of educational benefits for spouses of 100 percent disabled Veterans. Educational benefits can be used to obtain a degree or certificate or complete a work-training program.
Spouses of disabled Veterans are eligible for health care benefits through the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA). This program also allows for reimbursement of certain costs, such as prescription medications, medical equipment, nursing care, and more as long as the Veteran and their spouse remain married.
Depending on the specific state where the Veteran resides, there are certain benefits available. Benefits vary from state to state and may include free counseling, employment assistance, and exemptions from property tax. Check with your specific state’s VA to find out what is offered in your state.
Contact a Veterans Benefits Attorney Today
If you are a spouse of a 100 percent disabled Veteran and need help applying for benefits or have questions about what types of spousal benefits are available, contact the office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will work to protect your legal rights so you can get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 877-629-1712 or use our online contact form to find out more.