Aid and Attendance Pension
There are a lot of benefits available for Veterans! One of the most common benefits we explore with respect to long-term care needs is the Aid and Attendance Pension. This pension program is designed to help subsidize unreimbursed medical expenses incurred for the care needs of a Veteran, as well as a spouse of a Veteran, or a surviving spouse of a Veteran. Sadly, most eligible recipients of this pension are unaware of its existence. Oftentimes, the application process is confusing or burdensome, or families are incorrectly told they will be ineligible without exploring the process fully.
Eligible Service-Connected Dates
Veterans seeking to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension must have served active duty for 90 days, discharged anyway other than dishonorably, and served at least one of those 90 days within the date ranges below:
World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: February 28, 1961 - August 4, 1964 (Veteran must have served in Vietnam)
Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975 (not limited to Vietnam only)
The applicant must need the physical aid and attendance of a third-party to perform certain daily functions or be totally disabled. The pension can be used to pay a portion of the nursing home facility or assisted living facility monthly bill, adult daycare costs, an in-home health aide's hourly rate, or even a family caregiver who provides regular assistance.
The VA has implemented strict financial requirements based on the applicant's assets and income in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension. Failure to meet the financial requirements or improperly transferring assets will disqualify a Veteran or Veteran's spouse from eligibility and could result in penalty periods where reapplying for benefits is not an option.
How We Help
Attorney Matt Snyder is accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs and has advised on and assisted with Veterans' Pension Claims for many Veterans and their families. We can guide you through the process and ensure fully developed claims are submitted that result in turning on benefits as soon as possible.