VA Accredited Attorney Aaron Parks helps veterans receive the benefits they deserve. Approximately 25 million veterans in the United States are currently eligible to receive benefits for their service to the country. A 2011 Government Accountability Office report criticized the Veterans Administration for not adequately making veterans aware of the Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits, with the result being that 2 out of 3 eligible veterans are not receiving the benefits to which they are entitled.
VA Benefits Are Available to Pay for Long-Term Care
Many veterans think Aid and Attendance is only available to those wounded or disabled while serving. Many veterans also do not know that benefits are in place for wartime veterans and their spouses to help with long-term care costs, including home health care, various assisted living facility costs, and care in a nursing home.
Aid and Attendance and Housebound are awarded as special monthly pensions. These are available to a wartime veteran or their spouse in addition to their service benefit. Benefits to an eligible veteran can be over $23,000 annually to help with medical and long-term care costs. Spouses are eligible for a reduced benefit, and benefits to a veteran or spouse are tax-free.
There are five requirements to qualify for VA Aid and Attendance benefits.
- At Least 90 Days Active Duty
- One Day During a Period of Conflict
- Cannot Be Dishonorably Discharged
- Have Long-term Care Costs
- Resource Analysis
1) 90 Days Active Duty
The 90 days of active duty does not need to be consecutive. Also, active duty is simply that, and does not require being in combat.
2) One Day During a Period of Conflict
These are congressionally defined periods, which at present consist of:
- World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
- For those in Vietnam: February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 – date to be determined
3) Cannot Be Dishonorably Discharged
4) Long-Term Care Costs
These are on-going, recurring long-term care costs, which might include home-care, assisted living or care in a nursing home. In some cases a family caregiver may qualify for the benefit. Long-term care costs requires demonstrating that the veteran or their spouse requires assistance with daily living tasks such as bathing, cooking, eating and dressing. A physician must document the need for care.
5) Resource Analysis
The VA imposes standards that limit income and assets that a veteran can have and be eligible for these benefits. Many times the VA will tell you that your income or assets are too high to qualify. An accredited VA attorney can often do planning and assist you in presenting evidence to the VA that will enable you to qualify for benefits.
Do You Qualify for VA Benefits?
Contact us or call (405) 435-9700 for a free phone consultation to see if you qualify for this VA benefit to help pay for long-term care, which can be worth over $2,000 per month.