If you are a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran, you may have heard of the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. There is a lot of misinformation about VA benefits swirling around. You’ve come to the right place to learn the facts.
The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is the highest level of VA pension benefit. It can be paid to a veteran who qualifies or to a qualifying surviving spouse or dependent child of a veteran. Below is a chart of the maximum amount the VA will pay in each situation.
|2015 VA Aid and Attendance
|Veteran Alone||Veteran + Spouse||Surviving Spouse
or Dependent Child
As the chart shows, for a qualifying veteran who is married, the VA will pay up to $2,120 per month. The Aid and Attendance benefit can really help veterans and surviving spouses or dependent children stay in their homes or in Assisted Living and receive the care they need.
VA Aid and Attendance is a needs-based benefit. That means there are caps on income and assets. There is also a care requirement: the veteran or his surviving spouse/dependent child must need assistance with the activities of daily living, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting, transferring (getting up and around), or adjusting prosthetic devices, or he or she must be blind or nearly blind, bedridden or in a nursing home. Finally, to qualify, veterans who entered active duty before September 7, 1980, must have served at least 90 consecutive days on active duty, and at least one of those days must have been during a wartime period. The wartime periods recognized by VA are as follows:
•World War II – December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
•Korean conflict – June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
•Vietnam era – February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
•Gulf War – August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation (24 months, rather than 90 days, of active-duty service required)
Qualifying for VA benefits often requires planning. At your initial consultation with Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, you will learn whether you qualify for VA Aid and Attendance or whether planning is needed to help you qualify. Call (502) 581-1111 for a free consultation today or click here.