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Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit
Steve Dabbs, VA Accredited Claims Agent
Accredited By the Department of Veterans Affairs
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The Veteran can receive over $26,000 per Annum Tax Free to help pay for the High Cost of long-term care.
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By Steve M. Dabbs, VA Accredited Claims Agent
As a wartime married Veteran of any branch of the US military, you may be eligible for up to $26,040 of tax-free income per year. Veterans must be fully disabled or over 65 and rely on the assistance of another individual for daily living activities.
The VA Improved Pension Aid and Attendance is a program in which individuals who served in the military during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, or the First Gulf War starting in 1990, are eligible for a special VA pension. The benefit extends to the Veteran’s spouse and to the surviving spouse of a Veteran who served during wartime. The spouse did not have to be married to the Veteran at the time of service. Common law marriages are recognized for eligibility.
The pension is paid tax-free to help pay for home health care, an assisted living facility, and nursing home costs. A family member can also provide home health care, and the Veteran can pay that person for the care given.
If you or your spouse served our country during a period of war, check out your eligibility for this benefit. If you require assistance at home, currently live in a senior retirement community or assisted living facility, or if nursing home care is inevitable, you may be able to raise your standard of living or move into a facility where you can receive all the care you need.
The VA Pension will provide tax-free funds to help pay someone to help with daily activities such as eating, dressing, mobility, toileting, or bathing. The benefit is for all Veterans; however, if the Veteran is over the age of 65, the need for care does not have to be service-connected. Mental incapacity due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, hip replacements, and even blindness and other diseases of old age may qualify the Veteran or spouse for this benefit. Friends, relatives, or professional staff can provide this care at home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home.
What can you receive?
A married Veteran can receive up to $2,169 per month; a single Veteran may receive up to $1,830 per month. The benefit for care for a spouse is $1,435, while that for a surviving spouse is just over $1,176 per month. These benefits are tax-free and do not affect any Social Security payments.