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 BY SHERII SHERBAN
Understanding
VA Pension
And VA Pension with Aid & Attendance
“Aid and attendance” is a com- monly used term for a little-known Veterans’ disability income. The official title of this benefit is “Pen- sion.” The reason for using “aid and attendance” to refer to Pension is that many Veterans, or their single surviving spouses, can become eligible if they have a regular need for the aid and attendance of a caregiver or if they are housebound. Evidence of this need for care must be certified by the VA as a “rating.” With a rating, certain Veterans, or their surviving spouses, can now qualify for Pension. Pension is also available to low income Veteran households without a rating, but it is a lesser dollar amount.
Eligibility Rules for Pension
To receive Pension, a Veteran must have served on active
duty, at least 90 days, during a period of war. There must be an honorable discharge. Single surviving spouses of such Veterans are also eligible. If younger than 65, the Veteran must be totally disabled. If age 65 and older, there is no requirement for disability. There is no disability requirement for a single surviving spouse.
The Veteran household cannot have income – adjusted for unreimbursed medical expenses – exceeding the Maximum Allowable Pension Rate (MAPR) for that Veteran’s Pension income
category. If the adjusted income exceeds MAPR, there is no benefit. If adjusted income is less than the MAPR, the Veteran receives a Pension income that is equal to the difference between MAPR and the household income adjusted for unreimbursed medical expenses. The Pension income is calculated, based on 12 months of future household income, but paid monthly.
the Special Case for Long term Care Costs
A special provision for calculating Pension income, allows household
  PERIOD OF WAR
 BEGINNING AND ENDING DATES
World War II
December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict
June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era
August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975;
For Veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964, February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975
Gulf War
August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation
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