Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit
The Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit pension is an initiative that has assisted countless Americans and their families by providing financial resources that assist with senior care. Although this monetary payment can provide a lifeline for Veterans and their families, the process of first applying can seem daunting to the applicant.In what can be a sensitive time in a person’s life, it may be difficult to know where to start.
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The application process involves the gathering of documents, completing the required Veterans Affairs forms and mailing the finished application.
Before you can proceed with your application, it’s vital that you’re aware of the eligibility criteria. We assist you in this task by walking you through the specifics and providing you with the necessary information.
To be eligible for a Veterans Aid and Attendance pension benefit, the criteria is as follows:
- Any wartime Veteran that has served 90 days of active duty. The active duty must have consisted of at least one day beginning or ending during a period of war.In addition, there must be an honorable discharge.If younger than 65, the Veteran must be completely disabled. A surviving spouse – marriage must have ended due to death of the Veteran – of a wartime veteran is also eligible to apply. The person applying must meet both medical and financial acceptance criteria.
- The medical qualifications for a Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit pension,state that a wartime veteran or surviving spouse must need the assistance of another person to perform daily activities – such as dressing, undressing, eating, going to the bathroom, showering etc. This can be ascertained by a physician or gerontologist.
- Blind persons, those in a nursing home for physical or mental incapacity, or residents in an assisted living facility also qualify.
- All persons applying for this pension will require a medical evaluation from a physician or gerontologist. This will determine current medical issues, net worth limitations and medical expenses.
- The financial qualifications for a Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit pension, state that individuals must have on average less than $80,000 in assets. This excludes their vehicles and home.
When applying for a Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit pension, the individual must first compile documentation to meet the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
- Discharge/Separation papers – If you require military records, you can either fill out Standard Form 180, or you can go to the National Archives website for more instructions on how to request military records.
- A copy of your Marriage Certificate and all marital information – for surviving spouses only.
- A copy of the Death Certificate. Again, this is for surviving spouses only.
- A copy of your current Social Security award letter – The letter that social security sends at the start of each year, stating what your amount will be for the following year.
- Net Worth information – including bank accounts, stocks, bonds, CDs, trusts and annuities.
- Proof of all Income –From pensions, retirement, annuities and interest income from investments.
- Physical Statement – A statement from a physician or gerontologist that includes your medical status, current diagnosis, name and address, ability for self-care and ability to travel.
- Nursing Home Status Statement –If the veteran and/or spouse is in a nursing home or assisted living facility. There also needs to be a Statement of Occupancy from the facility.
- Proof of Insurance Premiums – Medications, medical bills or any other medical expenses that are not reimbursed by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
- A list of Doctors and Hospitals visited in the preceding 12 months.
- Banking information – For direct deposit and A&A monthly payments.
- Employment History – For those applicants that are under 65.
- I need 12 release docs to do the paperwork for the client- some of these docs are VA docs – find the ones that have authorize for other than a family member.
Once this information has been collected and the requirements suitably met, the applicant will be assisted with completing the necessary documentation for this VA benefit to be processed for approval.
On the VA Form there will be instructions that need to be followed by the applicant. These instructions apply specifically to the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit application process.
At this point, the required medical and financial information will have been collected, the correct VA Form will have been completed and the instructions pertaining to that form will have been noted by the applicant. The last step in the application process will be to mail a completed application to the appropriate processing center. It is recommended that the applicant send their completed application via certified mail ‘Return Receipt’, to reduce the likelihood of the VA stating that the application was not received.
As we have seen, the process for applying for a Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit pension is rather multi-faceted. There is a number of documents that the applicant will need to compile and then have reviewed by the VA.
We assist you in this task and in doing so, make the process of applying for this pension more straightforward.Send contact information to the Gerontologist