COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Veterans with long-term disabilities can receive up to $2,000 a month, widows of veterans more than $1,000 a month through the "Aid and Attendance" benefit.

It is available to veterans and their spouses who served 90 days of active duty during World War II, Korea or Vietnam, even if they didn't go overseas.

You must have a "health need"--something that requires the regular assistance of another person for completing basic everyday tasks, like eating, bathing and getting dressed.

Mitch Adel, an attorney who specializes in veterans' affairs, says while the individual can apply for the benefit themselves, it helps to use an attorney.  Approval can take 6 to 8 months.  If you are denied and want to re-apply, you have to start the process all over again.  If you're approved, however, you are eligible for benefits retroactive to the day you applied.

You can learn more about the Aid and Attendance benefit by clicking here.