WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VETERANS AID AND ATTENDANCE BENEFITS
WHAT IS “VETERANS AID AND ATTENDANCE” MONTHLY PENSION?
Veterans Aid and Attendance is a veteran’s disability pension benefit. To receive this benefit, a veteran or surviving spouse must require the aid of another person to perform basic activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, cooking, toileting and transferring on a long term basis. Evidence of need must be certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This process is called a rating. Currently maximum monthly Veterans Aid and Attendance pension, according to the VA, is $2,120 for a married veteran, $1,788 for a single veteran and $1,413 for a surviving spouse.
CAN “VETERANS AID AND ATTENDANCE” HELP PAY FOR CARE IN A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY?
YES, if your qualify, the Aid and Attendance pension can assist in paying for care in a senior living personal care residence such as SACRED HEART SENIOR LIVING. Aid and Attendance can also help pay for in-home care and nursing home care.
Who is eligible for Aid and Attendance? Eligibility is based on evidence of disability, dates and duration of military service, documentation of honorable military discharge, income and total assets. The veteran must be at least 65 years old or totally disabled if younger than 65 years old. A surviving spouse is eligible if married to a qualifying veteran at the time of the veteran’s death.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR “VETERANS AID AND ATTENDANCE”?
MILITARY SERVICE ELIGIBILITY: Honorable discharge, a minimum of 90 days of service, ONE day of service must be during a wartime period as defined below. The veteran DID NOT have to serve in active combat. Serving in a noncombat zone counts.
SERVICE DATES THAT QUALIFY AS WARTIME:
- WORLD WAR II- December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946. If the veteran was in the service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.
- KOREAN CONFLICT- June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
- VIETNAM WAR- February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, for veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam. August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975, for all other services.
- GULF WAR- August 2, 1990. Contact Veteran Affairs for information on the end date of service. At the time of this writing, there has been no Presidential Proclamation defining an end date.
Total financial assets must to $80,000 or less. Assets include bank accounts, cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CD’s IRA’s, annuities and property other than your home. Your home and vehicles are NOT considered assets.
Aid and Attendance pension benefits are based on total income AFTER DEDUCTING non-reimbursed medical expenses. Examples of some non-reimbursed medical expenses are Medicare Part B premium deductions from Social Security, Medicare supplemental insurance premiums, Medicare RX premiums, home health care expenses, out of pocket prescription costs and costs associated with residing in a senior personal care community like SACRED HEART SENIOR LIVING. After deducting all non-reimbursed medical expenses income cannot exceed the following amounts:
- VETERAN ALONE $21,466.00/annually
- SURVIVING SPOUSE $13,794.00/annually
- VETERAN & SPOUSE $25,448.00/annually
If you think you or a loved one may qualify for VETERANS AID AND ATTENDANCE, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs toll-free at 800-827-1000 or www.va.gov. There is NO COST associated with applying for this benefit. Veterans Affairs can assist with the application process and the documentation needed to apply. Depending on your situation the process can take a few months or a year. Providing all information and documentation with your application expedites the claims process.
LOCAL VETERANS AFFAIRS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Lehigh County, PA. Dept. of Veteran Affairs: 610-782-3295
Northampton County, PA. Dept. of Veterans Affairs: 610-829-4877