Veterans and their families are among our nation’s greatest heroes. Unfortunately, millions of veterans are eligible for benefits but do not receive them. The reasons for this include uncertainty about the benefits available, a confusing application, and the fact that most applications are denied out of hand even though the veteran in question is indeed eligible for benefits. One of the most important and helpful of these benefits is also the most underutilized. It is called the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Program.
Aid and Attendance
The Aid and Attendance Pension Program 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 benefit can be used to pay anyone for home care, including a veteran’s child. It can also be used to help pay for professional care in the home, assisted living care, nursing home care, and more. In this way, Aid and Attendance allows an eligible veteran or widowed spouse to remain in his or her home for as long as possible, while at the same time protects family assets against the high cost of long-term care.
Eligibility requirements for Aid and Attendance include:
- 90 days or more of active duty, with at least one day during a period of wartime
- A discharge other than dishonorable
- The veteran or spouse must have medical expenses
- Applicants must pass an asset and income test
If you think you or someone you love might be eligible for benefits from the Aid and Attendance Pension Program, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our firm’s Founder, Tiffany O’Connell, is herself a veteran and served an active-duty tour in the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corp at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is also an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration. Tiff knows first hand the sacrifices veterans have made on behalf of our country. She welcomes the opportunity to be of service to you and your family in return.