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We would like to thank our neighbors in Tarrant County for visiting our website.  When many people think of Tarrant County they think of the Old West.  They wouldn’t be far off because the heritage of Tarrant County can certainly be traced back to the age of the cowboy.  Cattle drives historically passed through Tarrant County, one of 26 counties created out of the Peters Colony.  Tarrant County was established in 1849 and was reportedly named for General Edward H. Tarrant, a commander of militia forces of the Republic of Texas at the Battle of Village Creek in 1841.

Business and Corporations that call Tarrant County home

Tarrant County is home to so many well-established, successful companies that provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to citizens in this county.  The corporation that provides the most jobs is AMR Corp. which owns and operates American Airlines and Envoy Air.  Also in the top 10 are Lockheed Martin, the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base located in Fort Worth, and Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.  Of course, the two school districts – Fort Worth Independent School District and Arlington Independent School District employ tens of thousands, along with the City of Fort Worth and the University of Texas at Arlington.  When it comes to providing health care, Texas Health Resources and Cook Children’s Health Care System top the list.

Tarrant County Veteran Services

When it comes to advocating for our Texas veterans of the armed forces, the Tarrant County Veteran Services Office does an outstanding job. The Office assists veterans and their surviving families in obtaining the benefits to which they are entitled.  Veteran benefits can come from both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the State of Texas.

A wide variety of benefits are available

For veterans in Texas, there are many special benefits available, including Property Tax Exemptions, State Retirement Benefits, Veterans Home Improvement Loan Program, and Veterans Employment Preference, just to name a few.  Eligibility for some veteran’s benefits depends on factors such as residency, military component and Veteran disability status. Those with the highest preference in some cases are wartime veterans and the widows and children of soldiers killed while on active duty.

The survivors and dependents of deceased veterans may be eligible for a death pension, dependency and indemnity compensation, VA home loan, VA burial benefits, VA education, and CHAMPVA, just to name a few benefits.

The long-term care options for veterans through the V.A.

Veterans can receive long-term nursing care through nursing homes and other types of facilities.  The V.A. has its own nursing homes, but there are also private nursing homes that contract with the V.A. to provide long-term care for veterans.  These other facilities are referred to as “community nursing homes,” and are most often used by veterans who live in an area where there are no V.A. facilities nearby.  The V.A. also runs its own Community Living Centers which provide short-term residential care in addition to ongoing outpatient care. There are several homes for veterans in Texas that provide excellent care.  In fact, the Texas Veterans Land Board has homes for veterans in Big Spring, Bonham, El Paso, Floresville, McAllen and Temple.

Medical care

There are several types of assistance for veterans through the VA, or Veterans Administration as well.  This can include medical care at an assisted living facility, at home, in a nursing home or provided by friends, family members, or healthcare professionals.  Veterans who fall into one of several categories may be eligible for these extended care services.  Veterans with a service-connected disability rating (or combined disability ratings) of 70 percent or higher and veterans with a 60-percent service-connected disability rating who are unemployable, or who have a rating of “permanent and totally disabled” may be eligible.  Also veterans with a service-connected disability that’s clinically determined to require nursing home care and those who require nursing home care for any nonservice-connected disability and who meet income and asset criteria.

Veterans may also be eligible based on other criteria, which must be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Priority is usually given to veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who require care for “post-acute rehabilitation, respite, hospice, geriatric evaluation and management, or spinal cord injury.”

If you have questions regarding veteran’s benefits, or any other estate planning needs, please contact The Vermillion Law Firm, LLC either online or by calling us toll free at (972) 366-7201 .

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