You are a Veteran or married to one. You can feel the aging process getting the best of you. You need help with managing your medicines, preparing meals, and getting to the doctor. You realize it may be time to hire a home health aide or, perhaps, even move to an assisted living facility. But you fear you can't afford the cost.
The Aid and Attendance benefit can provide you with the financial assistance you need to care for yourself to get the care you need. With the help of an experienced elder law attorney, you can navigate the application process and get the benefits you or your spouse has earned through your service.
Often, obtaining Veterans Benefits is the difference between aging in place and moving to a nursing home.
Most people are aware that Benefits are available through the Veterans Administration for the brave men and women who served in our armed forces. Yet, too few veterans (and their spouses) realize that they could be eligible to receive these benefits even if they did not directly retire from the military or get injured in the line of duty.
Perhaps, the problem lies in the name of the program: Veterans Pension. Most people hear the word "pension" and think of a long work career that ends in retirement. Yet, wrapped within the VA Pension system is the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide financial assistance for veterans and their spouses who require help with activities of daily living.
A veteran or a widowed spouse of a veteran who is eligible for the Pension and Aid and Attendance program could receive the following monetary benefits:
|2022 Maximum Pension Rates for Aid and Attendance|
|Single Veteran||$2,050 Per Month|
|Married Veteran||$2,431 Per Month|
|Widowed Spouse||$1,318 Per Month|
|Veteran Married to Veteran||$3,261 Per Month|
If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran in need of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. Our team can help you navigate the Aid and Attendance application process and get the benefits you need to care for your loved one.
The Aid and Attendance benefit can make a difference in your life and the life of your loved one. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you apply for benefits.
The Requirements to receive some form of Aid and Attendance are not as stringent as one might think.
- A Veteran, Widowed Spouse, or Disabled Adult Child can be a claimant.
- Veteran Must have Served at Least Ninety Consecutive Days on Active duty; one day of which had to have been during a War Time Period. (This does not mean the Veteran had to have served directly in a combat zone. It simply means he or she served during a time of war.)
- Veteran must have had an "Other than Dishonorable Discharge"
- Claimant's Physician Must Declare Him/Her as Housebound and in Need of Assistance from Another Individual. That individual may include Home Health Care Helper, Assisted Living, or Nursing Home Care
- Claimants generally must have less than $138,489 in assets. The VA asset limit does not include the primary residence, car, or personal belongings.
- Claimant must meet income requirements
- Widowed Spouse must have been Married to the Veteran at the time of the Veteran's Death or have had children by the Veteran and never remarried (Minor or Disabled Children may qualify for Benefits on their own)
- Widowed Spouse must have been living with the Veteran at the time of the Veteran's death, unless the separation was due to medical or military reasons (there may be some exceptions related to separations due to abuse)
Once Awarded Aid and Attendance, a Veteran may obtain the following from the VA:
- Free medications
- Medical equipment
- Incontinence supplies
- Hearing aids
The Veteran can also often get these health care supplies by U.S. Mail, and does not have to drive to a VA hospital or clinic.
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