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Can Dishonorably Discharged Veterans Get Benefits Through the VA?

This is an important question that needs to be addressed. When a person is dishonorably discharged from the United States military, most people would immediately assume they are no longer eligible for any type of benefit through the VA. This could include the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

Care for Aging Veterans in Perry FL: Character of Discharge

Care for Aging Veterans in Perry FL: Character of Discharge

However, there are provisions that allow some benefits.

Believe it or not, an individual who is dishonorably discharged from service could be eligible for some benefits through the VA. This can certainly aggravate and frustrate veterans who served their country honorably and with dignity, but it is true.

This does not, in any way, mean that a dishonorably discharged veteran is going to get access to certain pensions, but they could be eligible for some of them.

From the Veterans Administrations fact sheet page for benefits, it stipulates, “Applying for Benefits and Your Character of Discharge: Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services, the Veteran’s character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, or other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by the VA [emphasis added].”

This basically stipulates that it is possible for some veterans who were dishonorably discharged to be eligible for some benefits. Each situation is taken on a case-by-case basis. The VA would review each case to determine eligibility for certain benefits.

So, will this affect eligibility for Aid and Attendance?

As noted in the above quoted paragraph, each case will be taken individually by the VA to determine whether the conduct that led to dishonorable discharge could disqualify the veteran from any or all benefits that are provided to other veterans in good standing.

In most cases, though, it is clear that veterans who are dishonorably discharged will not be eligible for most, if not all, benefits provided through the VA to veterans in good standing.

If a veteran was honorably discharged from service and is having difficulty taking care of himself or herself, and if they are struggling to pay for their bills, they might realize home care is a great asset, and the Aid and Attendance Benefit could help them pay for this type of support. If a veteran was dishonorably discharged, they should consult their VA representative to have a thorough review of their case to determine eligibility for this and any other potential benefits they might be interested in applying for.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

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Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.

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