Introduction to Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension
***ALERT, please avoid for profit businesses that offer to process your claim and start services immediately. These businesses are “skimming” 20-25% of any approved pension benefit and lock you into a contract with them and their service providers. We can provide referrals to the Veteran Service Officer in your area as well as Estate Attorneys that will process your claim for free.
The Veterans Administration provides free home care to veterans as part of an “Improved Pension” Benefit that is largely unknown and underutilized. This pension benefit is for Veterans and their surviving spouses who require non-medical assistance with personal care such as; eating, bathing, cleaning, laundry, companionship, transportation and pet care. Home care can be provided to Veterans and their spouses at home or in a nursing home or assisted living facility. We believe this is the most important benefit overlooked by families with Veterans or surviving spouses who could use the additional money to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. An estimated two million wartime veterans or their widows are eligible for the “Aid & Attendance” pension to help pay for home care.
This is a “Pension Benefit” for Veterans Home Care and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,788 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,149 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse is eligible for up to $2,120 per month and a Veteran with a Sick Spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month. * as of 01/01/2015. Remember, this is a lifetime benefit.
We work closely with several reputable elder law Attorneys located right here in Springfield that specializes in estate planning and the VA Aid and Attendance Program. Many elder law attorney’s working with the VA Aid and Attendance Program charge a small consultation/estate planning fee of around $300-$500 and will then process your entire claim for free if they feel you will qualify for home care. We have found that utilizing the services of an Attorney is a far less expensive and more efficient way to process your claim for the maximum allowed benefit and keeps YOU in control of the entire process. Call our office today to inquire about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit. We want to help you and we have amazing resources at our fingertips.