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Mil­lions of vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies are eli­gi­ble for Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits but do not receive them. There are many rea­sons for this, includ­ing lack of infor­ma­tion about the ben­e­fits that are avail­able, con­fu­sion over eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments, and an extreme­ly com­plex approval process. Sad­ly, one of the most valu­able ben­e­fits avail­able to eli­gi­ble vet­er­ans, Aid and Atten­dance, is also one the most under­uti­lized.

The Aid and Attendance Pension Program

The Aid and Atten­dance ben­e­fit allows an eli­gi­ble vet­er­an to receive over $23,000 per year for assis­tance with long-term care and med­ical expens­es. The eli­gi­ble veteran’s wid­owed spouse is able to receive over $12,500 per year. This ben­e­fit can be used to pay any­one, even the veteran’s child, for home care. It can also be used to help pay for pro­fes­sion­al in-home care, assist­ed liv­ing, and nurs­ing home care. The Aid and Atten­dance ben­e­fit can allow an eli­gi­ble vet­er­an or wid­owed spouse to remain in the fam­i­ly home for as long as pos­si­ble, while at the same time pro­tect­ing hard-earned assets again­st the high cost of long-term care.

What are the eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments for Aid and Atten­dance?  Require­ments include:

  • The vet­er­an must have served 90 days or more of active duty, with at least one day dur­ing a peri­od of wartime
  • The vet­er­an must have received a dis­charge oth­er than dis­hon­or­able
  • The vet­er­an or spouse must have med­ical expens­es
  • Appli­cants must pass an asset and income test

If you believe that you are eli­gi­ble for the Aid and Atten­dance ben­e­fit, con­tact our Cal­i­for­nia Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits lawyer today for a con­sul­ta­tion. We can deter­mine if you are eli­gi­ble and help you obtain all of the ben­e­fits you deserve. If you have been denied Aid and Atten­dance in the past, don’t despair! We may still be able to help you obtain the ben­e­fits you deserve by fil­ing an appeal.