I must be asked this question 50 times a week. Many people have the misconception that there is a limit as to how much or how little money a Veteran or Widow can earn in order to qualify for the Aid & Attendance Benefit. That really is not the case and these amounts vary with each client. The VA’s process for determining eligibility is very complex. Many factors come into play when determining how a Veteran or Widow can qualify.
It is extremely important that we know the Total Gross Income, Total Unreimbursed Medical Expenses (UME’S) regarding In Home Care, Assisted Living or Nursing Home Care, Medical Insurance, Medicare Supplemental Insurance Premiums, Medicare Parts B and D, Long Term Care Premiums and/or monthly payouts, if any, as well as Total Assets. This information along with the age of the Veteran, Spouse and/or Widow and whether or not they are married are pertinent and must be accurate.
If we are filing a claim for a married Veteran, the VA considers the Veteran and Spouse as one so all of this information is required for both the Veteran and Spouse. Please keep in mind that if we are working with a Widow, the VA is very specific on the qualifying of this individual. He or she must be the Widow of the Veteran. If they divorced, he or she is no longer the Widow of the Veteran unless they married another Veteran. If the Veteran passed away, and the Widow remarried, the second spouse must be a Veteran in order to qualify.
We realize that this can be a tedious process and it may take time to find everything necessary but the effort is well worth that time. A Veteran with Spouse can receive as much as $2120 per month for the rest of the Veteran’s life. The Single Veteran’s Benefit is up to $1788 per month and the Widow’s Benefit can be as much as $1149 per month. If we have a healthy Veteran with a Spouse who requires care, the monthly reimbursement is a maximum of $1404 per month. This Benefit is TAX FREE. These amounts increase on December 1st of each year just as Social Security increases. Obviously the Aid & Attendance Benefit can enable the Claimant to remain in their Home with the assistance of In Home Care if they choose, or can afford them the care they require in an Assisted Living or Nursing Home.
The last thing we want to do is to give the VA false or inaccurate information which could cause substantial delays in the processing of your claim. This detailed information is critical. Without it we cannot determine how to proceed with the case. Our goal is to get it right the first time and once we have this information we can begin working on the individual claim. It is important to know that this information is private and confidential. We do not ask for this information for our personal knowledge but are simply complying with the requirements and guidelines of the VA which allows us to more specifically and efficiently assist you through this process. We work on hundreds of cases and know exactly what the VA expects. We are here to help you because you have earned and deserve this Benefit.