Millions of veterans and their families—our nation’s greatest heroes—are eligible for Veterans Benefits but do not receive them. Why? Many reasons, including confusion over eligibility requirements, lack of information about the benefits available, and the complicated approval process. One of the most valuable, and sadly underutilized, benefits available to veterans is Aid and Attendance.
The Aid and Attendance Pension Program
This benefit allows an eligible veteran to receive more than $23,000 per year for assistance with medical expenses and long-term care. The eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can receive more than $12,500 per year. The Aid and Attendance benefit can be used to pay anyone, including the veteran’s child, for home care. In addition, it can be used to help pay for professional care in the home, assisted living, nursing home care, and more. In effect, it allows an eligible veteran or widowed spouse to remain in his or her home for as long as possible, while at the same time protecting family assets against the high cost of long-term care.
Eligibility requirements for the Aid and Attendance benefit include, but are not limited to:
- 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 or someone you love might be eligible for Aid and Attendance, contact our Virginia Veterans Benefits lawyers for a consultation. The Center has multiple attorneys who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits. We can determine if you are eligible, expedite the application and approval process, and help you obtain all of the benefits you deserve. Even if you have been denied benefits in the past, we may still be able to help you obtain them on appeal.
You and your family have served our country. We welcome the chance to be of service to you in return