Have you looked into Aid and Attendance Benefits?

If you’re a veteran dealing with physical limitations, it’s easy to feel like you’re out of options. It can be frustrating trying to go through the VA and leaving feeling like you know less than you did before you even started the process. If you find that you or a loved one is dealing with certain disabilities or experiencing difficulty with completing everyday tasks of living, home care services might be the perfect option for your situation.

 

For a lot of veterans, home care services are a sound, valued solution to their physical limitations. The tricky part comes from A) trying to navigate which service is right for you and B) finding the money to acquire the benefits that you need. A lot of veterans aren’t aware of what sort of pension benefits that they’re entitled to—that’s where AVCC comes in. Our job is to align veterans who served in active duty with home care services that alleviate the stress of completing everyday tasks that are too difficult given their condition. It’s important to understand exactly what your veteran pension entitles you to; one of the key services available is the Aid and Attendance benefit. It’s a financial pension program that can help pay for home care support service for those who qualify. Unlike living in an assisted living facility, home care services come right to your door. We’ve outlined some key insights concerning the Aid and Attendance benefit so that you’re aware of exactly what the process looks like.

Combat duty or overseas service is not required

Veteran needs to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty with at least one day of service during a time of war, as defined by Congress. That service doesn’t have to have necessarily been in combat. Veterans must also have been honorably discharged, have limited financial resources, and be able to sufficiently provide proof that home care is necessary.

Surviving spouses are eligible

If a veteran has passed away, their surviving spouse is eligible for the Survivors Pension with Aid and Attendance. Also referred to more morbidly as the Death Pension, the Survivors Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, non-remarried surviving spouse of a deceased veteran with wartime service. The marriage must have lasted one-year minimum, and both the spouse and veteran need to have been married at the time of death. Although generally the surviving spouse needs to have remained non-remarried, there are some circumstances that allow a spouse to qualify for Aid and Attendance if they remarried after the veteran died.

Approval can take a long time

Finding approval for Aid and Attendance benefits may take longer than anticipated. The Department of Veterans Affairs is frequently backlogged with requests and are overly-inundated with questions regarding VA Aid and Attendance forms. That’s where AVCC comes in—our job is to make sure that the support you need doesn’t take forever to arrive. Your health is what matters most to our team. We’ll make sure that you have access to all of the resources that you need so that you can submit your application quickly and get approved with a shorter turnaround time.