The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension is a Valuable Benefit
Hello, and welcome back to the Patriot Angels’ blog! In our last post, we gave a general overview of the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension, required qualifications, and expected payout amounts. However, after reviewing the last blog, we realized that some of our readers may want a more in-depth explanation about this valuable pension program. In today’s post, we are going to go over the finer details of the A&A Pension and we hope that by the end of this post you have an even better understanding of what this pension program can and cannot be used for. As always, if after reading this post you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have years of experience helping people receive the benefits that they deserve and we would be more than happy to help you through the process as well.
How Do I Qualify for Aid and Attendance Benefits?
As we stated in our last post, the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension is a pension program is available to veterans or their surviving spouses who require assistance with daily living activities such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, or dressing. Below, we have listed some of the more detailed requirements associated with this particular pension program.
- The Veteran or spouse must be over the age of 65, or if they are under 65, must be permanently disabled.
- The Veteran or spouse must have limited or no income at all. Income limits vary year to year and should be checked before applying.
- The Veteran or spouse must not have been dishonorably discharged from the branch of military in which they served. Medical discharges and discharges other than “honorable” will not disqualify a veteran or spouse from the pension program.
- The Veteran or spouse must have served at least 90 days in the military and, during that time, at least one day must have been served during a wartime period. Predetermined wartime dates can be viewed here.
How Do I Apply and How Long Does it Take to be Approved?
When it comes to filing for the A&A Pension, a few things must be considered. First, if you are getting help from someone with the filing process, it is important that they are accredited to practice before the VA. While anyone can offer advice on VA benefits, only those recognized by the VA as accredited (attorneys, agents, or representatives of a service organization) may discuss the specific details of a veteran’s claim. After this detail has been taken care of, the veteran or spouse will send an informal statement to the VA declaring that they intend to file for VA benefits. After the application is approved, the veteran or spouse will have a year from the approval date to send in the applicable documentation required for the pension. After all documents are sent in, the approval process can take anywhere from 4 to 8 months to be completed depending upon whether or not the VA requires any additional information to process the claim.
The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension is a vital service for millions of Americans and we hope that this blog has helped to shed more light on what all the application process requires. If you or someone you know needs help determining eligibility or completing an application, please contact us today at Patriot Angels. As a team of advocates, we are dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses receive the benefits they deserve. Contact us today and let us help you wade through the A&A Pension process.