Eligibility For Veterans Aid & Attendance

The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC, is a different kind of firm. We focus our services on wartime veterans and their families who approach our office hoping to find help for burdensome costs for home care and assisted living care. We work hard to help them find peace of mind and to stretch their dollars further.

Work with us so we can help you establish eligibility for a different kind of veterans benefits called veterans aid and attendance benefits. The amounts available are substantial. Payments can be up to $2,127 for a married wartime veteran a month to pay for long-term care. In addition, we craft estate plans for veterans in such a way that the estate plan will not prohibit a veteran from receiving these benefits.

Qualifications For Aid & Attendance

Wartime veterans: To qualify for aid and attendance benefits, a veteran must have been on active duty service for at least 90 consecutive days. At least one day of this 90-day period must have been during a period of any of the following:

  • World War I (April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (Dec. 7, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946)
  • Korean War (June 27, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War (Aug. 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975)
  • Gulf War (Aug. 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law by Presidential Proclamation)

Additional criteria include the following: The applicant must have a need for care that requires the aid and attendance of another person. A qualifying veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable. A qualifying veteran or spouse/widow/widower must have limited income and assets available. A qualifying claimant must be 65 or older or have a permanent and total disability (not caused by the willful misconduct of the claimant) at the time of application. An application must be signed and submitted to the VA.

Maximum Allowable Benefits For 2018

The maximum benefit amount changes slightly from year to year. Currently, this is the max amount the aid and attendance pension will pay for long-term care, per month:

  • Single veterans: $1,830
  • Veterans with spouse or dependent: $2,169
  • Two veterans married to each other: $2,903
  • Widow of a veteran: $1,176

We Can Help Clients Who Are Unsure If They Qualify

We often work with veterans who have been previously told that they do not qualify for Veterans aid and attendance benefits. We have helped these same clients gain these benefits to meet a wide variety of costs and expenses, including:

  • Veterans aid and attendance benefits
  • Veterans estate planning
  • Nursing home Medi-Cal benefit planning
  • Long-term care
  • Home care
  • Senior retirement living
  • Board and care
  • Assisted living

We always welcome all family members and decision-makers to meetings. We know that our clients often want the comfort of knowing that their loved ones also understand any legal proceedings. Their input and advice become invaluable for decision-making purposes.

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