The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for long-term care services for service-related disabilities and for certain other eligible veterans, as well as other health programs such as nursing home care and at-home care for aging veterans with long-term care needs.
The VA also pays for veterans who do not have service-related disabilities, but who are unable to pay for the cost of necessary care. Co-pays may apply depending on the veteran’s income level.
The VA has two more programs to help veterans stay in their homes:
Many veterans who have savings obtain affordable Long-Care Insurance to safeguard their assets and ease the burden on their families. Vets who have a military pension and TRICARE for their health insurance will still get long-term care insurance (unless they have a full military disability or little or no assets). TRICARE, like any other health insurance or Medicare or Medicare Supplement will only pay for a limited amount of skilled long-term care service and only if a person is improving.
Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs https://www.va.gov/ to view available programs and services or download a Veterans Benefits fact sheet here. You can call the VA at
800-827-1000 to obtain information about services available in your area.
National Council for Aging has a guide for Veteran’s: Military Veteran Benefit Options