Fortunately, as thanks from a grateful nation, Congress created the Non-Service Related Disability Pension with Aid & Attendance Benefits. This VA Pension benefit is a monthly tax-free pension income payment available to military veterans and their surviving spouses who require the assistance of another person.
The Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit provides eligible veterans with more than $25,000 a year in tax-free pension income payments. This benefit also extends to surviving spouses of wartime veterans and provides eligible widowed spouses more than $13,000 per year in maximum pension benefits.
|2017 MAXIMUM AID & ATTENDANCE BENEFIT|
|Two Veterans/Spouses||$2,846||Two Veterans/Spouses||$34,153|
|Married Veteran||$2,127||Married Veteran||$25,525|
|Single Veteran||$1,794||Single Veteran||$21,531|
|Surviving Spouse||$1,153||Surviving Spouse||$13,836|
Like Social Security, this pension is dependable and paid directly to you by the U.S. Treasury. With the additional monthly tax-free income, you may be able to afford the care you or your loved ones require. The benefit can be used to pay anyone, including the veteran’s child, for home care. It can also be used to pay for professional care in the home, assisted living, nursing home care, insurance premiums, prescription drugs, co-pays, and more. In essence, Aid and Attendance can help an eligible veteran or widowed spouse live at home for as long as possible while still receiving the care he or she needs and protecting hard-earned assets.
Many veterans mistakenly believe that they have too much in the way of assets or income to qualify for the VA Pension Benefits. While it is true that the VA requires that veterans and their surviving spouses qualify both medically and financially, it is not necessary to run out of money before you can begin receiving benefits. Through the use of available exemptions and proper planning, you may be able to qualify immediately for the VA Pension Benefit without having to spend all of your money paying for care.
You deserve to have someone who focuses on these issues every day evaluate your situation and help you maximize your assets and income for the longest period of time. Our firm is led by attorneys who are accredited by the Veterans Administration and who are able to assist in helping veterans and their spouses receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation. You have served our country. We welcome the opportunity to be of service to you in return.
Eligibility for Aid and Attendance
In order to qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Program, a veteran must be at least 65 years of age and/or unemployable. The veteran must also meet a service requirement, need medical care, and meet certain financial qualifications.
The veteran must have served on active duty for at least 90 days with at least one of those days occurring during a time of war, and not been dishonorably discharged from the military. Periods of war are determined by the U.S. Congress as follows:
- World War II: 12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946
- Korean Conflict: 06/27/1950 – 1/31/1955
- Vietnam Era:
- For Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam: 2/28/1961 – 5/7/1975
- For Veterans who served, but were not actually in the country of Vietnam: 08/05/1964 – 5/07/1975
The veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran must have a medical condition or medical necessity requiring the applicant to live in an assisted or protected environment or require the assistance of another person with activities of daily living. A surviving spouse has no age requirement but must have been married to the veteran for at least one year, never divorced and never remarried.
To be eligible for Aid and Attendance, an applicant must meet certain financial guidelines established by the VA. This is the area where planning is needed most. It is important to note that planning must also address an applicant’s need for Medicaid down the road. Plans require a careful analysis of the implications and impact Veterans Benefits will have on future Medicaid eligibility.
Every day, people are faced with painful choices caring for a loved one. Every day, veterans and their spouses quietly hang-up the phone in frustration, not knowing that there are advocates accredited by the Veterans Administration (VA) to advise, assist and guide them. Our firm is led by attorneys who are accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs. We help veterans and their spouses every day. We can do it for you too. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our VA-accredited attorneys to discuss your particular situation.