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VA Aid And Attendance Pension
Probably the most underutilized Vet- eran’s benefit available is the Aid and Attendance Pension. Every Veteran out there who is eligible for this bene- fit earned it by serving our country and should be lining up to be sure that they benefit from that service.
Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a special pension offered by the VA, which provides benefits for Veter- ans and their spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in their activi-
ties of daily living. There are four criteria to be met in order to apply for A&A; military service, medical need, assets, and income.
1) Military Service – Any War-time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, one day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the A&A pension. He or she may also apply for benefits for his or her spouse. A surviv- ing spouse (marriage must have ended due to the death of the Veteran) of a War- time Veteran may also apply. The Vet- eran must have been discharged under “Honorable” or “General under Honor- able” conditions in order to be eligible.
2) Medical Need – One of the great- est things about A&A Benefits is that they do not require a service-connected injury to qualify. However, the Veteran, spouse or surviving spouse must need the assistance of another person to per- form daily tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, etc. Being blind, dis- abled, or in a nursing home for mental or physical incapacity, or residing in an assisted living facility also qualifies. A physician’s statement and statements from caregivers or facilities are required to verify this information and must in- clude a current diagnosis and prognosis.
3) Asset Eligibility – The case work- ers use subjective methods to determine asset eligibility, but it is based on a Veter- an’s ability to pay for his or her own care without outliving his or her money. Life expectancy is also considered. Assets include: CDs, annuities, stocks, bonds,
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