Veterans Benefits and Veterans Law in West Palm Beach, Florida
After serving nine years on active duty in the United States Army, Juan A. Pyfrom is passionate about working with Florida Veterans and their families to maximize Veteran benefits available to improve their lives. Veterans benefits and laws can be challenging to navigate. Our West Palm Beach law firm understands Veteran laws and the importance of incorporating VA planning into an estate and long-term planning in Florida.
What are the Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Benefits?
VA health care benefits are available if you served in the active military, naval, or air force services and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. The eligibility requirements include:
Veterans engaged in war-time services are also eligible, and they are generally more expansive then most people would associate the wars beginning and conclusion.
These dates are as follows:
- World War II: 12/7/1941-12/31/1946
- Korean War: 6/27/1950-1/31/1955
- Vietnam War: 2/28/1961-5/7/75, if served in the country of Vietnam, otherwise 8/5/1964 – 5/7/1975
- Persian Gulf: 8/2/90- Date to be announced later
If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October16, 1981, you must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which you were called to active duty, unless any of the described situations below are true.
The minimum duty requirement may not apply if any of these are true. You:
- Were discharged for a disability that was caused—or made worse—by your active-duty service, or
- Were discharged for a hardship or “early out,” or
- Served prior to September 7, 1980
If you’re a current or former member of the Reserve of National Guard, you must have been called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty.
How Can I Qualify for Veteran Benefits in Florida?
Our West Palm Beach office can assist with the Veteran’s benefits application process. Meeting the service requirements and medical eligibility may not be enough to qualify for benefits if you own too many assets. Working with an experienced Veteran law attorney can navigate your application and qualifications by moving your assets into a trust. Be cautious of some of the actions taken to qualify for VA benefits, as it may create a penalty period or disqualify you from other benefits like Medicaid. Our Florida attorneys can help you coordinate your VA benefits and understand how the Veteran Laws can affect you.
*Accredited by VA and can help them process their VA claims