FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions

Before the application is submitted to the VA

There is no income limit, however, your monthly expenses for care must exceed your monthly income.
Yes, a home and a car is a non-countable asset for VA purposes.
Nothing in life is guaranteed. We strive with every application to work with the VA to get the claim approved.
There is a Form to request a certified copy of discharge papers from National Personal Records. This is only needed In the event that the original discharge papers: cannot be located, are not legible, are a copy without notarized seal or an authorized red, black, or blue stamp.

Fax the completed form to:
National Personal Records
Fax: (314) 801-9195

After 2 weeks, it is very important to call National Personal Records and confirm that your fax has been received - Phone: (314) 801-0800
Yes, if the spouse has at least 3 ADL's that require assistance. Your spouse could qualify based on your military service.
Your DD214 will have service dates listed. We can then check the dates with the declared states of war.
Declared State of War Dates
World War I April 6, 1917 November 11, 1918
World War II December 7, 1941 December 31, 1946
Korean War June 27, 1950 January 31, 1955
Vietnam War August 5, 1964 May 7, 1975
Vietnam War (if served "in country") February 28, 1961 May 7, 1975
Persian Gulf War August 2, 1990 Present
Yes, as long as there was a declared war during your time of service, regardless of where you served, you are eligible for consideration for VA Benefits.
No, only if you were called up for active duty for at least 90 days will make you eligible for consideration for VA Benefits.
No, divorce terminates your right to receive the benefit. However, if you have remarried to another Veteran, you may be able to recieve the benefit.
The VA wants to make sure that the current spouse is the one receiving the benefit, not previous spouses.
No, VA Benefits stop once Medicaid starts to pay. You can't "double-dip"
Contact us, and we can review the necessary paperwork.
Yes, your doctor needs to complete paperwork verifying issues related to your activities of daily living.
Yes, you are potentially eligible. It depends on how your assets are held. Proper strategies need to be implemented. A consultation with us and a VA/Medicaid approved attorney is strongly recommended.
Yes, please contact us to discuss your specific situation.
Yes, but you only get the higher of the two. You are not allowed to "double-dip".
No, you do not need to be living together to recieve the benefit. Make sure to discuss your individual situation with us during your initial call with us.
Yes, children always should be involved in the planning process.
There are times when an attorney with proper VA and Medicaid planning experience need to be involved. If one is needed, we can make a recommended suggestion to a non-affiliated attorney who has expertise in the VA and Medicaid planning arena.

Application Submission

A Veterans Service Officer (VSO) reviews all paperwork and submits them to the VA. Operation Veteran Benefits simply assists you in preparing the forms, necessary paperwork, and gathering and compiling the data for submission by the VSO officer.

After the application is submitted

The average application processing time is 3-6 months for Veterans and 6-9 months for surviving spouses (sometimes longer, it depends on the current VA backlog of applications) from the date that the application was received by the VA. In most cases, upon approval, payment is retroactive back to the date that the VA received the application.
This is a Federal benefit. You need to contact the VA and inform them of your new address. Benefits will continue if medical expenses are the same or have increased.
It is a tax-free benefit. It will not change your tax liability.
A dramatic change in your health status or income/asset status may affect your benefit, always contact us for significant changes in your status. It is important to keep us informed of any significant changes.

Operation Veteran Benefits, the individuals, and services listed on this web site are not affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Only individuals on this site who are accredited by the VA are involved in the assistance of preparation and presentation of a claim for veteran benefits.