Joseph P. Mattera

The Veterans Administration (VA) recently announced an increase of 2.8% to its pension benefits commencing January 1, 2019.  Pension benefits are for “non-service” related disabilities; i.e., the veteran’s disability did not arise from injuries received during active duty or injuries exacerbated by active duty.   The new...

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Generally, there are two government agencies that pay the costs of long-term care on an ongoing basis, if you qualify. One is Medicaid, which administers a joint federal and state program, the other is the Veteran’s Administration (VA), for veterans and certain surviving family members. Aid...

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On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015.  The law, for the first time, allows military members to name special needs trusts as beneficiaries of Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP).  Through SBPs members of the military can elect...

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