Don’t Let the Aid and Attendance Pension Confuse You!
Hello, and welcome back to the Patriot Angels blog! When it comes to Aid and Attendance benefits, we have been helping people for years understand the intricacies and requirements of this particular government benefit. In our dealings with clients, we often find that they have many questions about Aid and Attendance benefits that, in our opinion, should be covered in a general class about this pension program. To help all of our clients, we have decided to sue today’s post to go over some of the most frequently asked questions as they relate to Aid and Attendance. We hope that by the end of this blog you feel more comfortable in your knowledge about this pension program. If not, please feel free to contact us and speak to one of our specialists. Continue reading below to learn more!
Question 1: What is the Aid and Attendance Pension?
Considering we are talking about Aid and Attendance Pensions, we figured it would be good to establish a baseline. In the simplest terms, the Aid and Attendance Pension is a pension that provides benefits to help reduce the cost of senior care for veterans and/or surviving spouses. This pension program is a reward for military service and is only available to those individuals who have served in the military or those who are or were married to someone who was in the military.
Question 2: Who is eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension/
Interestingly enough, one of the most common questions we have to answer is whether or not our clients are even eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension. When it comes to this pension program, any wartime veteran with 90 days of active duty, with at least 1 day beginning or ending during a period of war is eligible to apply for the Aid and Attendance Pension. Additionally, a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran is allowed to apply as long as the marriage ended due to the death of the veteran.
Question 3: How do I apply?
The application process for the Aid and Attendance Pension is rather simple, however, there are a few steps that must be taken in order to make sure that your application is processed properly. First, the parties involved will need to gather all of the appropriate documents, second, they will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork with the VA, and lastly, they will need to mail all of their documents to the appropriate pension center. After all of this is completed, the Veterans Association will process all necessary paperwork and documentation and reach out to the applicants if there is an issue with their request.
Question 4: How long does it take to get approved?
This question, while asked frequently, is hard to answer. Depending on your particular situation, the approval process of the Aid and Attendance pension could take anywhere from 6 to 8 months, however, it should be noted that some requests are completed in as little as 6 weeks. While requests approval times are typically not this short, it all depends upon the details contained within your documented information and the workload of the VA at the time. It is important to remember that even if it takes a while for the pension to be approved, any benefits will be applied retroactively in relation to the date of the application. To ensure that your application is processed as fast as possible, we suggest that you contact us today so that we can help you gather all of the documents that you will need.
We hope that this short blog post has done an adequate job explaining some of the most common questions that we receive in relation to the Aid and Attendance Pension program. If you are in need of help with your pension program application, please contact us today at Patriot Angels. We are dedicated to helping veterans and families receive the benefits that they deserve and we are certain that we can help you in your situation. Contact us today and let us help you through this pension process and get you the money that you deserve.