Veterans served their country well, now it is time for us to give back. Many wartime veterans need help, but don’t take advantage of all the benefits available to them. For example, Tom G.’s Army service include several tours in Vietnam. Now age 75, Tom’s eyesight is poor, and his physical condition has deteriorated. His family noticed signs that Tom was struggling. They decided to see if Aid & Attendance would help Tom.
What is Aid & Attendance?
This benefit offers assistance to eligible wartime veterans who need assistance with daily activities. Aid & Attendance is a monthly payment over and above the monthly pension the veteran may be receiving.
Housebound is a similar benefit but cannot be combined with Aid & Attendance benefits.
Who qualifies for Aid & Attendance benefits?
Wartime veterans who are eligible to receive a pension may also receive Aid & Attendance. However, they must meet the following requirements:
- Another person must help with daily activities such as “bathing, feeding, dressing, attending the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment.”
- A disability or disabilities require the veteran to remain in bed. However, bed rest prescribed for treatment or convalescence may not be covered by Aid & Attendance.
- Due to a mental or physical incapacity, the veteran is a patient in a nursing home.
- The veteran’s eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 or less in both eyes or to a concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
When a veteran is faced with these difficulties, it may be time to apply for Aid & Attendance benefits. For example, Tom may qualify for Aid & Attendance because he is a wartime veteran who receives a pension and needs help with daily activities.
How can I apply for Aid & Attendance benefits?
As with many government programs, the application process can be difficult. You can apply by contacting your state Pension Management Center or by visiting a regional benefit office. The most important thing to remember is that you need to get your application right the first time you submit it.
We Can Help.
You and your family don’t need to go through the application process alone. We assist clients with Aid & Attendance, as well as Medicaid, estate planning, and probate.
Schedule a consultation with one of the attorneys at Miller Estate and Elder Law. Our phone number is 256-472-1900. Miller Estate and Elder Law is now located at 818 Leighton Avenue in Anniston, but we serve clients in communities like Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Irondale, and Calera.