FILING FOR VETERAN'S AID: DOCUMENTATION AND VERIFICATION
When you apply for Veteran's Aid, like any other assistance program, especially those run by a government entity, they are not just going to take you at your word. It is a red-tape process, and they will require documentation to verify a number of important pieces of information used to determine your eligibility. To speed up the process, avoiding any unnecessary delays, you should gather the following documents and be ready to present them to the VA before you apply for benefits.
You will need military discharge or separation papers (DD-214) as proof of veteran status if you do not have copies, you will need to request these records.
Social Security Award Letter
Financial information (net worth, including bank accounts, investments, and other assets)
Proof of income from all sources
Proof of all out-of-pocket/unreimbursed medical expenses, including insurance premiums
Physician statement and/or nursing home status form
Information on all doctors and hospitals visited within the 12 months prior to application
Your bank account number and bank routing number for direct deposit of your benefits
Having all of your documentation ready to fax, send by mail, or available for a VA representative to copy during an in-person application will help to move the process along more efficiently. The VA asks for this documentation to verify your identity, as well as your claims with regard to status, medical information, and need for benefits.
Families have found that having an VA-accredited attorney assist with these hurdles can significantly increase approval time and alleviate a lot of stress.