Helpful Information about VA Aid and Attendance
Unfortunately, many folks are unaware of the VA Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans and surviving spouses. The benefit applies to veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication monitoring or other various activities of daily living. This benefit is available to individuals who reside in assisted living communities, personal care homes, skilled nursing facilities and those receiving personal in-home care.
How can these benefits help someone?
Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, skilled nursing facility, personal care home or an assisted living community. A veteran may be eligible for up to $1,554/month, while the surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for up to $1,063/month. A married couple may be eligible for up to $1,842.
Who is Eligible?
Any War Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active War time is eligible for this benefit. A surviving spouse of a War Veteran may be eligible if married at the time of death. The individual must qualify both medically and financially. Assets cannot exceed eighty thousand dollars however, many things, including their home, vehicle, annuities, pre-paid funeral expenses and many other items are not included in this number. For further information regarding financial qualifications, consider seeking the professional advice of an attorney or financial planner.
Eligibility dates are:
o 04/21/1898 – 07/15/1903
o 05/09/1916 – 11/11/1918
o 12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946
o 06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955
o 08/05/1964 – 05/07/1975
o 08/20/1990 – present
How do I apply for this benefit?
There are two ways to apply for this benefit. Some families or individuals partner with South Texas Alternative Choice to provide consultation to the veteran throughout the entire application process. If we are unable to answer your questions South Texas Alternative Choice will locate the appropriate partner who can. Call us at 1-210-239-1167, for more information on partnering with South Texas Alternative Choice. You may also apply by contacting your Regional Veteran’s Administration Office. To locate the closest regional office to you, visit the VA website at http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash+1.
How quickly would I receive the benefit?
The time frame is determined by the accuracy of the initial application. The average process takes between 4-6 months. However, the VA does pay retroactively from the date of application. The resident is paid directly from the VA. This program financially assists the resident with paying their monthly rent, care and/or services.
Should you need assistance in obtaining a local number for your regional office, feel free to contact your Senior Advisor at South Texas Alternative Choice.