Veterans who served the country during wartime are entitled to little-known benefits that can help them afford skilled nursing care or the cost of an assisted living facility, according to The New York Times.
"Too many veterans and their families are unaware that they may be entitled to substantial benefits that could help offset the cost of living in a senior assisted living community," Kelly Myers, senior vice president of sales for Sunrise Senior Living, told the news provider.
To qualify for most of these benefits, veterans must be over the age of 65 or permanently disabled.
They must also require the aid of someone for everyday activities. The benefit plan is paid as a supplement to monthly pensions.
This income is only available to those who make below a certain income as well. Married veterans may qualify for almost $2,000 a month.
These benefits may be particularly helpful for those who are caring for veterans. These individuals have been shown to have twice the amount of stress that other caregivers and are usually responsible for another adult for twice as long, according to a survey conducted by The National Alliance for Caregiving.