Millions of veterans and their families are eligible for benefits but do not receive them. Why? There are many reasons, including confusion about the benefits available, eligibility requirements and a complicated approval process. Sadly, one of the most valuable benefits available is also the least utilized—the Aid and Attendance Pension Program.
What is Aid and Attendance?
The Aid and Attendance Program allows an eligible veteran to receive more than $23,000 every year for assistance with medical expenses and long-term care. The eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can receive upwards of $12,500 a year. The Aid and Attendance benefit can be used to pay anyone, including the eligible veteran’s child, for home care. It can also be used to help pay for professional care in the home, assisted living care, and care in a nursing home. In essence, the Aid and Attendance benefit allows an eligible veteran, or his or her widowed spouse, to remain independent for as long as possible and protect family assets against the rising cost of long-term care.
To be eligible for Aid and Attendance, a veteran must:
- Have served 90 days or more of active duty, with at least one day during a period of wartime
- Have received a discharge other than dishonorable
- Have medical expenses
- Pass an asset and income test
If you believe that you or a loved one might be eligible for Aid and Attendance, contact our Ohio veterans benefits lawyers for a consultation.One of our firm’s Partners, Tim Moore, is an Accredited Veterans Benefits Attorney. We can determine if you are eligible for Aid and Attendance, expedite the approval process, and help you obtain the maximum amount of benefits you deserve. Even if you have been denied Aid and Attendance benefits in the past (and the vast majority of applications are initially denied, even when the veteran or widowed spouse is indeed eligible), we may still be able to help you obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled on appeal.