What is an Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit?
At Patriot Angels, our mission is to assist veterans and their loved ones with receiving the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension benefits that they rightly deserve. The A&A Pension can provide much needed financial help to Veterans and their loved ones and is a service that should be utilized given the opportunity. In today’s post, we are going to go over some general facts about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension to help anyone who might be navigating the murky waters of VA Benefits. We hope that by the end of this post you will have a better understanding of the eligibility requirements associated with A&A Pensions and what this pension program can be used for. Continue reading below to learn more.
The A&A Pension Provides Medical Relief to Veterans and Spouses
To understand the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension, it is necessary to first understand what “aid and attendance” means in this context. The reason this pension is referred to as “aid and attendance” is because it is used by many veterans or their single surviving spouses if they have a need for the aid and attendance of a home care provider, are housebound, or currently reside in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. In order to qualify for this pension program, the VA must certify that there is evidence of this need for care and, after establishing that there is a need, the VA will ascribe a “rating”. After this rating has been established, eligible veterans and their spouses can qualify for the A&A Pension. This pension is also available to low-income veteran households that do not have a rating, however, the dollar amount of the pension is less than those who do have a rating.
Who Qualifies for Aid and Attendance Pension Benefits?
To qualify for the A&A Pension, an individual must first be a U.S. military veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran. Second, the veteran or spouse must have their physician establish that they require daily assistance with tasks such as cooking, bathing, dressing, eating, and other routine daily tasks. Once these qualifications are met, the VA will provide benefits in the following amounts:
- Up to $1,758 per month for a veteran
- Up to $1130 per month for a surviving spouse
- Up to $2085 per month for a couple
- Up to $1380 per month for a veteran filing with a sick spouse.
These dollar amounts are then used to cover or offset the medical costs associated with caregivers and their services.
We hope that this blog has provided at least a basic understanding of the qualifications and uses of the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension. If you have any more questions about the A&A Pension, please visit our website today. We have been helping veterans receive the benefits they deserve for years and we would love to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today and let’s get started.