Pension Benefit Available for Wartime Veterans

If you or your loved one is a wartime veteran, there is a little known pension benefit that may be available.  This benefit was earned by wartime veterans under the following circumstances:

  • You served for 90 days or more in active duty service;
  • You were discharged for service under other than dishonorable conditions;
  • You meet certain income and net worth guidelines; and
  • You are 65 years or older or have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability, or in a nursing home, or receiving Social Security Disability Benefits.

The pension benefit is not only a monetary benefit, it also provides an additional Aid and Attendance benefit, if necessary.  This could include coverage for in-home nursing care and care facilities.  For additional information you can watch this video from the VA.

 

TRICARE Travel Benefit for Combat-Related Disabilities

Military Retirees receiving Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) may be entitled to reimbursement for travel-related expenses for travel greater than 100 miles from a referring provider’s location.  The travel must be for medically necessary, nonemergency specialty care for Combat-Related Disabilities.

All of the following requirements must be met to be eligible:

  • Receiving Retired, Retired Retainer, or Equivalent pay;
  • Received an award of CRSC from a CRSC Board;
  • Reside in the U.S. and covered under TRICARE Standard or TRICARE For Life;
  • Received a Referral from your Provider for care over 100 miles for the provider’s location for treatment of the combat-related disability.

To learn more about this benefit, go to the TRICARE webpage at www.tricare.mil.

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