Today we’re going to discuss what you should know about the Veterans Aid and Attendance pension. It can be challenging to determine if you’re eligible or not, but that’s where Millman Law Group PLLC can help. Our job is to ensure that many aspects of the aging process are smooth and seamless, further than solely estate planning. If you’re unsure if you’re eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance pension, here are some guidelines.
General Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Eligibility
You are eligible for this type of pension, if:
- You are a veteran who served 90 days consecutively on active duty
- Of these 90 days, you had to serve one full day during a time of war.
- You may also be eligible for A&A if you qualify for a basic Veterans Pension, ensuring that you meet clinical and financial requirements.
You should also know that service in a combat zone is not a requirement. Widowed spouses of eligible veterans may also qualify so long as they meet clinical and financial needs and have not remarried.
How “Wartime Service” is Defined by Congress
Congress uses the wartime dates that the VA does to determine which veterans quality for specific benefits such as A&A. These wartime dates include:
- World War II
- Korean Conflict
- Vietnam War
- Gulf War
Additional Veterans Aid and Attendance Requirements
An eligible veteran must meet at least one of these criteria.
- Must be 65 and older with limited income or none at all
- Must have a permanent and total disability
- Must be receiving SSI
- Must be receiving Social Security Disability Insurance
- Must be living in a nursing home
Clinical and Financial Requirements
Not only must a veteran or their surviving spouses meet all of the criteria listed above, but as we mentioned, there are clinical and financial requirements for A&A, such as the person:
- Being bedridden minus medical and therapy appointments and treatments
- Having a severe visual impairment
- Residing in a nursing home due to a degenerative condition such as Alzheimer’s
- Requiring help with daily living activities (e.g., taking a shower)
- Having a net worth limit of $123,600
Asset limits are not specified, but on average, applicants use no more than $80,000. For a thorough explanation of Veterans Aid and Attendance’s financial requirements or general information, be sure to give us a call.
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