Veterans and their families are among our nation’s greatest heroes. Sadly, the most helpful benefit available to wartime veterans in need of long-term care is also one of the most underutilized benefits—The Aid and Attendance Pension Program.
The Aid and Attendance Pension Program allows an eligible veteran to receive more than $23,000 a year for medical expenses and long-term care. The eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can receive over $12,500 a year. The Aid and Attendance benefit can be used to pay siblings, relatives and children for providing in-home care. It can also be used to pay for professional care in the home, assisted living care and nursing home care. Aid and Attendance allows an eligible veteran, or the veteran’s widowed spouse, to remain independent for as long as possible and receive the care he or she needs while at the same time protecting assets against the high cost of long-term care.
Who is eligible for Aid and Attendance?
Here is a brief description of the eligibility requirements for Aid and Attendance:
- The veteran must have served 90 days or more of active duty. At least one of these days must have been served during a period of wartime
- The veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable
- The veteran, or the veteran’s widowed spouse, must have medical expenses and/or care needs
- Applicants must pass an asset and income test
What happens if you meet all of the above requirements but have too much income or too many assets to qualify for Aid and Attendance? Chances are, we can restructure your estate in such a way that you are able to pass the asset and income test and become eligible for Aid and Attendance. Attorney Glenn Matecun is accredited by the Veterans Administration and has helped numerous veterans qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension Program.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation, even if you have been denied Aid and Attendance in the past. The vast majority of applications are initially denied despite the fact that the veteran or widowed spouse is indeed eligible. We may very well be able to help you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled by appealing your case.
We thank you for your service and welcome the opportunity to be of service to you in return.