Most Veterans Don’t Know What They Don’t Know
Without the right resources available, you may not even be aware of what services, benefits, and long-term care options you have available as a veteran or surviving spouse. There are plenty of options at your disposal, but how are you supposed to know what’s attainable if no one even tells you where to look? That’s where AVCC comes in. Our job is to illuminate which resources are a good fit for what you’re looking for long-term. You might have no idea that the federal government guarantees veterans and their spouses long-term care assistance—we’re looking to change all that, one family at a time.
What is VA Aid and Attendance?
Veterans’ assistance programs might feel like they’re hard to come by, but the process comes together much more efficiently once you figure out what it is that you’re looking for (and which benefits make the most sense for your situation). VA Aid and Attendance provides veterans care benefits up to $1,794 per month to a veteran, $1,153 to a surviving spouse, or $2,127 to a couple. The tax-free benefit can be put to use for several practical solutions including in-home care, board and care, an assisted living community, or a private-pay nursing home.
How Do I Know if I Qualify?
There are specific standards that a veteran or surviving spouse has to meet in order to qualify for Aid and Attendance, including:
- Wartime Service: The veteran has to have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during one of the specified wars.
- Financial Need: If you have assets under $80,000 (excluding a home and a car), you might be eligible for Aid and Attendance. The VA considers “countable income,” as part of the assets, including the veteran’s and spouse’s monthly income, social security, pensions, and IRAs, minus the cost of assisted living or in-home care.
- Medical Need: Basic tasks of daily living might be hard for some veterans. If you’re experiencing issues with eating, bathing, dressing, or other tasks, you may be eligible.
How Do I Start the Application Process?
This is where so many veterans and their surviving spouses run into issues. The application process can take an exceedingly long time, and might very well present more questions than answers. That’s where AVCC comes in. We provide an expedited application process designed to identify which benefits make the most sense for your unique situation. Basic pension benefit programs can work wonders for medical expenses, set you up with an assisted living facility, and provide service members with the quality care and support that they need. Aid and Attendance benefits might seem like a pipe dream if you don’t know where you’re going. Reach out to AVCC today, and get your journey toward a better life started today.