Aid and Attendance Benefits

VA'S AID AND ATTENDANCE

 

THIS IS FOR WAR-TIME ERA VETERANS ONLY AND THEIR SPOUSES'

 

(SPOUSE'S OF WARTIME ERA VETEANS ONLY)

 

VA's Aid and Attendance Program ( A & A ) provides financial assistance (ONTOP OF VA IMPROVED PENSION OR DEATH PENSION) to those who require domestic care, whether in the home or in a facility.  

The program is based upon income and networth. However VA will count certain medical expeditures to offset the income.  Processing time can be rather lenghtly,if the claim isn't completed properly. One MUST qualify for basic Improved or Death PENSION (war-time veterans only) BEFORE they can become eligible for Aid and Attendance. Therefore, if an individual has Net worth (Stock, bonds, IRA, CDs, etc..) exceeding $80,000 (subject to change) or more then need not to apply. VA will deny that claim based upon substantial resources. VA does not count a persons’ house UNTIL IT IS SOLD, THEN VA COUNTS THE INCOME FROM THE SALE.

A huge misconception is that the benefit is retroactive to the date the individual was admitted into the nursing facility, this is false. Different rules apply to a veteran than a non-veteran.

What is income? ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WHERE THAT A PERSON RECEIVES MONEY, including Social Security, rental income, interest income from all sources, pensions, retirements, dividends. EVERYTHING!!!!

This type of benefit is extremely complex and confusing. We have developed a “list” of documents required by VA for this benefit. Also there are VA forms required to be filled out by the attending physician as well. 

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FILE FOR THIS BENEFIT ON YOUR OWN.

 CALL OUR OFFICE - WE CAN ASSIST YOU. 724-284-5352

 

Too often people attempt to apply for this on-their-own; and the benefit are delayed and delayed due to inappropriate application, missing documentation or people ignore VA’s letter of additional information.