Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefits:
Little known program with a huge
Wartime veterans and their spouses or surviving spouses may be entitled to a pension benefit called “Aid and Attendance” provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Benefit is designed to help offset the cost of long-term care for those who need assistance with the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. I served in the military during a wartime conflict, and if you did too you could be eligible for the monthly Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit. This benefit can award a maximum lifetime annual benefit of up to approximately $34,000.
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE AID & ATTENDANCE PENSION
Any War-Time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension. Spouse or surviving spouse (marriage must have ended due to death of veteran) of a War-Time Veteran may also apply. The individual applying must qualify both medically and financially.
To qualify medically, a War-Time Veteran or surviving spouse must need the assistance of another person to perform daily tasks such as eating, dressing, undressing, taking care of the needs of nature, etc. Being blind or in a nursing home for mental or physical incapacity or residing in an assisted living facility also qualifies.
Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.
We at McIntyre Elder Law handle planning for Veterans Aid and Attendance and Veterans Asset Protection Trusts. Contact our office to learn more.
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This is a pre-qualification form is meant to assist McIntyre Elder Law (the firm) in gathering initial information for a potential client to assist with a determination if the potential client is a viable candidate for Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits. Filling out and submitting the form above does not create an attorney-client relationship.
An attorney-client relationship may only be formed if an attorney employed by the firm is retained to render legal services such as “Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits Planning Services.” The firm does not charge a fee for creations and submission of the application for Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits but may charge a monetary sum or fee for planning services intended to assist the applicant in meeting the asset and income qualification requirements as well as other ancillary legal services associated with assisting an applicant in becoming properly positioned for qualification under the rules for this pension set out by the United States Veterans Administration.