What is Aid and Attendance veterans benefits?
Aid and Attendance is one of the veterans benefits paid to veterans and their spouses by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of assisted living facilities and home health care. It is a TAX FREE pension for those who qualify. Aid and Attendance is also a non-service connected disability benefit, which means the disability did not have to happen during the time of military service in order to receive payment benefits.
To be eligible to receive Aid and Attendance benefits, the following requirements must be met:
- The applicant must have served during a time of conflict.
- The applicant must need help with two of five activities of daily living.
- The applicant’s cost of care must be greater than their income.
- The applicant must meet specific asset requirements, which vary in each situation.
VA Pension Eligibility Requirements
A&A or Aid and Attendance va pension is paid out to wartime veterans whose medical costs are more than their monthly income. Recipients are usually 65 years old or older, but those who are under 65, yet who are permanently or completely disabled, may also be eligible. “Death Pensions” may also be paid out to the surviving spouse of a deceased wartime veteran as long as he or she has not remarried.
Aid and Attendance Active Duty Service Requirements
To qualify for Aid and Attendance, a veteran must have been discharged other than dishonorably from the United States Armed Forces, and served at least 1 day during one of the following wartime periods:
- World War II (December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946)
- Korean War (June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam War (August 5, 1964 [or February 28, 1961 for those who served “in country”] to May 7, 1975)
- Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to the present)
Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980 must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty, although there are some exceptions to this rule.
The veteran must be receiving some assistance with two of the following services:
- Bathing or showering
- Eating or drinking (not meal preparation)
- Personal hygiene
Naturally, this includes those who are bedridden as well.
It should also be mentioned that in-home nursing is only an option for those whose medical costs exceed their income.
VA Benefits Income Requirements
To qualify for Aid and Attendance veterans benefits the applicant’s countable family income must be less than the cost of care. This income includes all earnings made by the applicant and his or her dependents. It also includes disability and retirement payments, interest and dividends. It does not include SSI and other forms of public assistance. It does not include military retirement, but does include military disability.
Unreimbursed medical expenses may also decrease countable income.
How to File for Aid and Attendance
Aid and Attendance veterans benefits must be filed by an accredited VA agent or accredited attorney. If the application has any errors it may disqualify the veteran. We have a 100% acceptance rate for our applications and we file the application and get them approved 40% faster. War Veterans Association was founded to help veterans and their families get the va benefits that they earned serving our country. These benefits can literally be life saving for families that are struggling to pay for assisted living facilities and home health care. Call for help now 888-775-7743
By Richard Dorrough
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