VA Aid and Attendance for Spouses—How You Can Qualify
If you’re a widow to a Veteran, you’re eligible for military spouse benefits, including Aid and Attendance for long-term custodial care. Keep reading to find out how you can take advantage of this service.
This guide details:
- How your military spouse benefits work
- What determines your eligibility for Veteran spouse benefits
- How VA Aid and Attendance for spouses can help you
Veteran Spouse Benefits Explained
As a surviving spouse, you’re entitled to a variety of benefits. The brave individuals who serve their country deserve the utmost respect, and that extends to their friends and family. It’s important for our Veterans and their spouses to receive the recognition and care they’re entitled to, especially later in life.
Your military spouse benefits cover many essential areas of your life, including health care, life insurance, beneficiary assistance, education, Survivors Pension, home loans, job training and career counseling, grief support, and final arrangements. Because the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s list of benefits for spouses, dependents, and survivors is so extensive, we’ve provided a guide to simplify the application process.
How Your Eligibility for Military Widow Benefits Is Determined
Each VA benefit comes with its own standard of eligibility, so you need to know how your situation applies to the service you’re seeking. Your eligibility requirements as a surviving spouse vary depending on a variety of factors:
- If your spouse was a wartime Veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, this may qualify you for a VA Survivors Pension.
- If you’re the surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty from a service-related injury or illness, you may qualify for VA Dependency or Indemnity Compensation (VA DIC).
- If you’re the surviving spouse of a Veteran with a service-connected disability, this could entitle you to specific health care program benefits like The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA).
- A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) proving your qualifications is essential, especially when applying for a VA-backed home loan.
- You must be married to and have lived with your spouse for a certain period to qualify for almost all spousal VA benefits.
What Programs Benefit Me Most?
It’s free to take apply for Veteran spouse benefits, the surviving spouses of service members should take advantage of long-term care services. As long as you meet the proper marriage and income requirements, which we’ll address later, you should consider this as an option.
American Veterans Care Connection (AVCC) knows that navigating your benefits can be challenging and overwhelming. Let us assist you with securing your military spouse benefits.
VA Aid and Attendance for Spouses: The Custodial Care You Need
Unfortunately, it’s not common knowledge that wartime Veterans (and especially their surviving spouses) are eligible for VA assistance, even if they were not injured while on active duty. AVCC is committed to educating surviving spouses of deceased Veterans about their eligibility for Aid and Attendance.
Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension for Veterans who require the assistance of another person. To qualify for the service, the Veteran who served must have at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one of those days taking place during wartime. Surviving spouses of Veterans who served during wartime can receive a surviving spouse pension that gives them access to Aid and Attendance as well.
There are asset limits on this benefit. In 2021, recipients of this benefit were required to have a net worth of less than $130,773. The VA doesn’t count your home as an asset. VA Countable income and maximum annual pension rate (MAPR) are also considered in your Aid and Attendance. If you want to take advantage of these benefits, verify that you fit the financial requirements first.
How Surviving Spouses Qualify
To qualify for VA pension benefits, surviving spouses must meet the three following requirements:
- You must have been married to a wartime Veteran for at least one year.
- You must have been married at the time of your Veteran spouse’s death.
- You can present your military spouse’s death certificate.
What Home Care Services Does Aid and Attendance Provide?
Once you start receiving a VA pension and have shown that you need the assistance of another person to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), you can access services that help with:
- Feeding and meal preparation
- Small tasks and reminders
- Medication reminders
- Physical assistance
- Bathing, using the restroom, and overall hygiene
- Other daily tasks that improve your quality of life
The Benefits of VA Aid and Attendance
Aid and Attendance benefits help a lot of surviving spouses. As people age, they typically need assistance with the aspects of daily life many of us take for granted—not to mention how debilitating medical conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, and arthritis can be. Plus, this type of long-term care tends to cover what Medicare won’t.
Aid and Attendance is especially beneficial to patients who want to permanently reside at home.
Our number-one priority is connecting our Veterans with the quality home care services they deserve. We understand that in the mountain of paperwork and phone calls, taking advantage of your benefits is a headache. That’s why we draw from our extensive network of home care service providers to connect you with the services you need.
Do you qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits? If you’re ready to apply for your VA pension or want to know more, contact us today.