You may gain stipends through the Veterans Affairs’ Aid and Attendance Program to help pay a portion of the costs of residence in a state Veterans’ home, such as Maine Veterans’ Homes.
Eligibility for Veteran long term care services, provided in a long-term care setting, are determined based on a variety of factors, such as need for treatment, personal care and assistance, service-connected status, insurance coverage, ability to pay, etc.
Gaining Veteran health care benefits from the VA are separate from gaining eligibility for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes.
Locate your DD Form 214. The DD Form 214 verifies active duty, release from duty, assignment, rank and other information critical to getting military benefits.
If you don’t have a copy of the DD Form 214, don’t wait to begin the process to request a copy. A large number of military records were destroyed in a 1973 fire, but the needed information can be reconstructed by contacting the appropriate agencies.
You can begin your search with the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis or feel free to contact our staff here at Maine Veterans’ Homes to assist you in that process.
We have experience working with many state and federal agencies and can help guide you down the right path to get the paperwork you need.
If you were previously denied benefits, that determination may have changed if your healthcare situation has changed. It may also be the case that benefits are denied incorrectly due to wrong information provided to a Veteran or family, incomplete paperwork and instructional errors.
All of these, and other situations, can be resolved to gain the benefits rightly deserved as a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.