VETERANS AID AND ATTENDANCE BENEFIT                                        Call: (636) 532-9933

There are now over 25 million US veterans eligible for of VA benefits. Most believe they are only entitled to benefits if they were actually wounded or disabled while they were serving in the armed forces. Few vets realize that VA special pensions exist, including the Aid and Attendance Pension (and their local VA office won’t tell them about it!). Many vets are battling chronic conditions and struggling to pay for their care. VA special pensions are just one tool that an elder care attorney can look to when helping people plan for their long term care needs. While you struggle to provide dignified long term care for a wartime veteran or surviving spouse, we can help you understand what the options are and how to access underutilized benefits available to veterans.

WHAT IS AID AND ATTENDANCE?

Aid and Attendance is a “special monthly pension” available to wartime veterans or surviving spouses of wartime veterans. Aid and Attendance is not a stand-alone benefit, but is awarded on top of either the “service” benefit or the “housebound” benefit. The veteran or surviving spouse must first be eligible for the “service” benefit. That requires the basic qualification by the veteran of having served at least 90 days of active military duty, at least one of those days had to be during wartime (as defined by the Veteran’s Administration), and having received a discharge that was other than dishonorable. Most veterans, of course, received honorable discharges. Additionally there are many people who served in capacities that were not specifically in the Army, Navy or Air Force who are included when considering VA benefits. Next the veteran or surviving spouse must have a permanent and total disability or be over 65.

Amazingly enough, the VA rates all veterans over the age of 65 as “permanently and totally” disabled. For veterans under the age of 65, permanent and total disability includes: a veteran who is in a nursing home; rated as disabled by the Social Security Administration; unemployable and reasonably certain to continue so throughout life; or suffering from a disability that makes it impossible for the average person to stay gainfully employed.

Once these initial hurdles have been cleared, the veteran or surviving spouse may additionally be entitled to the additional Aid and Attendance pension. Please remember that Aid and Attendance is a level of pension and there is no requirement of a service-connected disability. Call us for a free initial consultation. We also do “house calls” for those who cannot travel to our office.


Call: (636) 532-9933

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