Assisted living may be within reach for lower-income military veterans and their spouses due to an often-overlooked VA benefit.
Veterans who served during wartime may qualify for additional pensions:
- Up to $1,314 for Single Veteran
- Up to $1,794 for Single Veteran with Aid & Attendance
- Up to $2,126 for Married Veteran with Aid & Attendance
- Up to $721 for Widow of Veteran
- Up to $1,152 for Widow of Veteran with Aid & Attendance
"It's not an easy process, unfortunately, so there’s some handling that goes along the way to get them qualified and get them into the reimbursement," said Steve Jorgenson, President & CEO of Solterra, which operates assisted living homes in the Valley.
Bridgewater Deer Valley is among the first communities in the area catering to low-income – or homeless – military veterans.
"We can kind of come in with something like this to give back to create a positive environment for our vets," Jorgenson said.
Veterans earning $28,000 or less can qualify to live in the community. Bridgewater and other similar complexes offer amenities typically reserved for higher-cost, private-payer facilities.
For more information on VA benefits, click here.