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Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Benefit–Many Vets Don’t Know About It

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is for veterans and their surviving spouses who require the aid of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, walking, medication dosing, taking care of the needs of nature, and to insure a safe environment. Individuals who are blind, who’ve been diagnosed with a form of Dementia such as Alzheimer’s, and those who are a patient in a nursing home or assisted living facility because of mental or physical incapacity may qualify. Those receiving care in their own home may be eligible as well.

This benefit is greatly underutilized because many veterans are unaware it exists. “Roughly 1 out of 4 seniors in the U.S. could qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit under the right conditions. That’s how many war veterans or their surviving spouses there are. Only about 5% of U.S. seniors are actually receiving this benefit.” Source: www.veteransaidbenefit.org

For some veterans, the benefit application process may seem overwhelming and confusing, but there are specialists in the community who can help. According to Bob Nonnemaker, a VA Accredited Claims Agent with
Veteran’s Advisor Group in Gilbert, “Benefits can come fairly quickly when the application is completed correctly, all required documents are included, and the applicant’s finances are in order. In these cases, we are seeing most veteran applications get approved in
30-40 days.”

It is also important to note that a veteran’s spouse may be eligible for this benefit. According to Debbie Burak, founder of veteransaid.org, “Many families overlook the A&A Pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse’s medical expenses completely deplete their combined monthly income, the veteran can file as a veteran with a sick spouse.”

To qualify for the Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Benefit a veteran must:

  • have received an honorable or general discharge
  • have served 1 day during the following active wars WWII, Korea, Vietnam (certain criteria apply) AND have a minimum of 90 days of active duty service
  • have doctor’s orders stating he or she needs the aid and assistance of others
  • meet specific financial requirements regarding income and assets

Monthly Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit Amounts – 2013

 

 

Veteran $1,732

Surviving Spouse $1,113

Veteran & Spouse $1,360

(Spouse needs care)

Veteran & Spouse $2,054

(Veteran needs care)

Source: Department of Veterans Affairs

If you or your loved one is a veteran and you think you might meet the criteria, contact us at 1-888-496-3983 for a referral to an accredited VA claims agent who can assist you.

Kim