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.