Senter, Stephenson, Johnson, P.A. offers assistance with qualification and application for veterans’ pension benefits.
The Veterans Administration offers a program for war-time veterans or their spouses and widows. This program is called Aid and Attendance and is part of the Improved Pension benefit. Aid and Attendance helps Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity as well as patients who require assisted care in an Assisted Living facility.
Pension Benefits Not Dependent on Service-Related Injuries
This benefit is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. As of January 1, 2014, a Veteran is eligible for up to $1,758 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,130 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse is eligible for up to $2,085 per month and a Veteran with a Sick Spouse is eligible for up to $1,380 per month.
To Qualify for the Benefit
In order to qualify for this benefit, a veteran must meet several criteria.
- A war-time veteran must have 90 days of active duty.
- The person applying for benefits must have certain medical needs.
- And the applicant must meet certain financial and resource limits.
VA planning can affect your Medicaid planning, and it is important to consider all options with respect to your unique situation. When you come to your appointment to discuss qualification and application for your Veterans Benefits, bring a copy of the veteran’s DD-214 or separation papers, an evaluation from a physician, a list of your current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.
Are you a war-time veteran? Call us to schedule an appointment to determine whether you might be eligible for this benefit.