Most Asked Aid and Attendance Benefits Questions Answered
Veterans have a lot of ways to get help in meeting their personal, health, and financial needs. Aid and Attendance is one of the best ways for veterans to receive benefits to help cover expenses related to home health care and assisted living.
This pension offers a tax-free solution for veterans and their families who need help in their later years. It also covers disabilities that may have occurred outside of military service.
But understanding the Veterans benefits associated with Aid and Attendance can be tricky. So here are the most asked Aid and Attendance benefits questions answered to help you get the most help for you and your loved ones.
Am I eligible?
There are a number of eligibility requirements for Aid and Attendance benefits, including the following:
- You must require assistance with at least two of five daily living activities
- Your total care costs must exceed your income
- You must have served in the military during a period of conflict
Do I have to have participated in an actual wartime battle to qualify?
The third requirement listed above is a common source of confusion. You might be wondering if “service” means the same as activity in wartime battle.
You only need to have been on active duty and served a minimum of one day during the following:
- WWII: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 – present day
How do I qualify financially for A&A?
Financial requirements may vary depending on your own situation. In general, the cost of your medical needs must be more than your income to qualify for Aid and Attendance.
Your income also includes any money that is earned by your dependents as well as payments received for disability, retirement, dividends or interest. However, public assistance such as SSI or military retirement isn’t counted as part of your income.
Does my father’s medical discharge from the army qualify him for A&A?
In order to qualify for the vet’s benefits provided by Aid and Attendance, your father’s discharge must be anything other than dishonorable. This means that a medical discharge allows him to qualify for benefits.
Other discharges including honorable, general, and family hardship are also eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits.
What do I do if my application was declined?
In some cases, an application for Aid and Attendance can be declined. If this happens to you, you’ll need to wait a full year before you can apply again.
That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’ve completed the application correctly the first time around. This won’t guarantee that you’ll be approved, but it can reduce the risk of denial significantly.
Include all relevant documentation and deductible expenses in order to improve your chances of approval and maximize the benefits you’ll receive. Delays and denials occur if the supporting documentation isn’t in line with the information submitted on your application.
Knowing the answers to the most asked Aid and Attendance benefits questions will ensure that you receive the full benefits you deserve.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and provide the appropriate documentation in your application, you’ll stand a greater chance of getting the help you and your loved ones need for proper care.To get started or for more information please call (303) 829-0205