VeteranAid.org is a website designed to assist veterans and their families with understanding the often overlooked medical benefit “Aid and Attendance and Improved Pension”. Debbie Burak, who developed VeteranAid.org, states that sifting through the VA’s own website to understand the benefit can be daunting. In an effort to help others understand and receive the benefit she’s put together a plethora of information that breaks it down. The program has been in place for 60 years but millions of veterans and families are missing out due to misunderstandings or lack of knowledge that it exists. Below is an excerpt from the home page.
The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an “Improved Pension” Benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility also qualifies.
This most important benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a “Pension Benefit” and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,704 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,094 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse is eligible for up to $2,020 per month and a Veteran with a Sick Spouse is eligible for up to $1,338 per month*.
Many families overlook the A&A Pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse’s medical expenses completely depletes their combined monthly income, the Veteran can file as a Veteran with a sick spouse.
- Q&A with Debbie Burak of VeteranAid.org (timesdispatch.com)
- Benefits for Veterans – Assisted Living Costs and Expenses for Veterans (assistedlivingtoday.com)
- Free help for vets applying for aid offered in Vista (nctimes.com)