VETERAN PENSION, AID & ATTENDANCE BENEFITS
Are you aware of the Veterans Benefits that you may have?
- VA Pension Benefits
- VA Aid and Attendance Benefits or Housebound Allowance
- VA Survivors Pension
Are you collecting them? Let us help you.
VA Pension Benefits: Provide tax-free monthly payments to eligible war me Veterans with limited or no income who meet certain age or disability requirements.
VA Aid & Attendance Benefits or Housebound Benefits: Provide monthly tax-free payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension to help pay for the high cost of long-term care. It helps eligible veterans, their spouses and surviving spouse who no longer can live independently. It is for those who need help with bathing, dressing, transferring, ea ng and toile ng. The pension helps cover the costs for home health care, an assisted living facility or nursing home.
- Single Veteran ……………………………………………….. $1,830 per month
- Married Veteran ……………………………………………. $2,170 per month
- Surviving Spouse of a Veteran ………………………… $1,176 per month
VA Survivors Pension: Offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of war me Veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits set by Congress.
Eligibility: The 3 M’s
Military Service: A veteran must have had 90 days of ac ve duty, with one day during a period of war, and an honorable discharge to be eligible (or for his or her surviving spouse to be eligible) for benefits.
Under current law, the periods of war include:
- Mexican Border period (May 9, 1916, to April 5, 1917, for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or in adjacent waters)
- World War I (April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918) World War II (December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946) Korean War (June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam War era (February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside the Republic of Vietnam.)
- Gulf War (August 2, 1990, through a future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation) Must have two years of active duty to qualify.
Medical Need: A claimant must need hands-on assistance with at least two of the following ac vi es of daily living: bathing, dressing, ambulating, toileting, transferring and eating.
Money: In order to qualify for the full benefit, your income must be less than your cost of care. The amount of assets is a more subjective process and would be best to consult with an accredited agent or attorney who understands the rules.
Too many Veterans are being told that they do not qualify for VA assistance. Or, they simply believe they don’t qualify for benefits because they have been misinformed that their current income or their assets are too high to be approved. O en this is not true. It is important that you work with an advisor who understands the programs and can assist you in preparing and presenting your claim.