22 Jun Aid and Attendance Pension: Benefit for Aging Veterans
The VA offers a number of benefits to veterans of all ages, from disability care and education benefits to mental health care benefits and housing grants. These are the more widely known benefits, but there are many more lesser-known veterans’ benefits. Some of these benefits include long-term care, caregiver support, death benefits, and the ability to transfer GI Bill benefits. One of the most underutilized benefits, however, is the Aid & Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension benefit, or A & A for short.
What is the Aid & Attendance Benefit?
The A & A benefit is a monthly allowance that pays for in-home care for everyday activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, and any other needs of that nature. It also covers elderly veterans who are blind or suffer from a physical disability that hinders them from performing any of these everyday activities themselves. A & A pays up to $2,120 a month for a couple, $1,788 for a single veteran, and $1,149 for the surviving spouse of a Veteran.
Sadly, the A & A benefits are extremely underutilized. Approximately 1 out of 4 seniors living in the United States are eligible for these benefits, but only five percent of qualifying veterans utilize them. Why? Simply put, much of the Veteran’s Affairs staff know nothing of the program. That said, a large number of eligible veterans are not receiving the elderly care they earned and deserve.
Who is Eligible for the Aid & Attendance Pension?
VA pension benefits are for elderly veterans who need assistance with daily living activities, but who cannot afford in-home care. Veterans who apply should have at least 90 consecutive days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period. If the active duty occurred after 1980, you must have served up to 24 consecutive months. In order to qualify, you must also:
- Be 65 or older
- Have limited to no income
- Be a patient in a nursing home receiving nursing care
- Receive Social Security disability insurance
- Receive supplemental security income
In order for surviving spouses and children to apply, you must have met all of the above requirements as well.
Hire a Veterans’ Benefits Attorney
Our Mount Pleasant disability law firm is dedicated to providing veterans with the representation they need to receive the benefits and compensation they deserve. Countless veterans go without the care and compensation they need to live a normal, happy, and healthy life—partially because of the backlogged system and partially because of the undereducated VA staff. However, the veterans’ benefits attorneys at Klok Law Firm LLC are well-educated on veterans’ benefits, and if we feel that you are being underserved, we will step in as your advocate.
At Klok Law Firm LLC, our disability attorneys work with veterans and their families to assert their rights and achieve a favorable outcome. If you or a loved one served in the military, meet the eligibility requirements for the Aid & Attendance Pension benefit, and now need assistance with everyday activities, contact our SC law office for a free or private consultation today.