Our office is dedicated to helping veterans, surviving spouses and their families understand how to plan for and obtain long-term care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We have found that a lot of families are unaware of the benefits available to them, while others have been misinformed that they do not qualify for benefits because they have too much income or too much property. The sad fact is that many have been given the wrong advice! If you or someone you love is a veteran (or surviving spouse of a veteran) and needs help with daily activities like cooking, cleaning, dressing, driving, mobility, or other assistance, the Aid & Attendance pension benefit can provide the funds you need to pay for that care.
Aid & Attendance: Special Care Pensions for Wartime Veterans
While many people are unaware it exists, the Veterans Administration (VA) Aid & Attendance Special Pension provides monetary assistance to wartime veterans – and surviving spouses of deceased veterans – who are disabled and need regular personal assistance in their daily environment. If the veteran qualifies, Aid & Attendance funds are provided in addition to monthly pension and Social Security benefits.
In order to qualify for Aid & Attendance benefits the applicant must have income and assets that total under the monthly monetary limit set by the VA. However, certain expenses and items can be deducted and assets spent-down to qualify for benefits. Unlike qualifying for Medicaid benefits, the VA Aid & Attendance Pension program does not have a look-back period used in qualifying for benefits. Additionally, many elderly veterans and surviving spouses whose incomes are above the congressionally-mandated legal limit for a VA pension may still be eligible for monthly Aid & Attendance benefits if they have high medical expenses, including nursing home expenses that are not reimbursed by insurance or other sources.
In order to take advantage of all the possible benefits available and insure that the many complex, related variables are looked after, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced elder law attorney who is familiar with estate planning, disability, Medicaid and Veterans’ benefits. Our office is experienced in elder law and provides veterans and their families consultations to decide if it is appropriate to apply for this VA benefit, coordinate the application with any Medicaid planning and eligibility, and determine what steps must be taken.
With these needs in mind, our goal is to provide local families requiring assistance in this area with information that will help them get the best possible care for their loved one during this difficult time period. Our free report Aid & Attendance: Special Care Pensions for Wartime Veterans provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this pension program. Our free report reveals important tips on:
- Qualifying for benefits and who is eligible to apply
- Determination of need and evidence
- Applying for benefits and paperwork needed for application
This report was designed to provide families with an explanation on who is eligible, how to qualify and steps you should take now. Be sure to order your copy now!
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