Regardless of your personal status, consider passing this along to all veterans, families of veterans or individuals with veterans in their family.
"Aid and Attendance" is an underutilized special monthly pension benefit offered by the Veterans Administration for veterans and surviving spouses who require in-home care or live in nursing homes.
To qualify, a veteran (for the surviving spouse) must have served at least 90 days of active military service, one day of which is during a period of war, and must be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. https://www.va.gov/pension/aid-attendance-housebound/
The veteran's benefit is $18,234 annually (paid monthly) and increases to $21,615 if a veteran has one dependent. The surviving spouse alone is $11,715 annually.
For more information regarding VA Pension Benefits, call 1-800-827-1000
Visit http://www.va.gov/ (type "Aid and Attendance" in the search block), or contact your local VA office.
- The VA Websites for this program can be found in the above links. Unlike typical disability compensation, and as an alternative, this is an income based program. There are certain caveats to the program; VA provides clear instructions regarding what items are considered countable towards income and what is not included.
For those of you that have researched the various web sites and continue to have questions, you may want to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC, at 202-263-2985. Anyone in this office is available to answer your concerns.
The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the Department of Veterans Services. Three Veterans Service Representatives are located in the Manassas Benefits Office (Old Town Manassas). Our veterans are invited to contact the Veteran Service Representatives directly. See the following website for contact information and schedule.
When filing a claim for disability compensation, you must first satisfy five basic requirements or elements of a claim to be successful. All claims for compensation must cover these five basic elements. Include these five elements in your personal statement that you submit with your claim.
These five elements are:
2.Existence if a disability
3.A connection between the Veteran’s service and the disability