The high cost of being a caregiver is not only about dollars; it’s about keeping your sanity and maintaining your own health. Veteran’s and their families are being kept in the dark about the Aid and Attendance pension benefit from the government. The benefit is worth as much as $2,019 monthly for a veteran and spouse, and up to $1,094 for the widow of a veteran.
One woman had this to say about the difficulty in obtaining the benefit:
“The A&A program administration is an utter disgrace and slap-in-the-face insult to veterans and their spouses. I am trying to help my 87-year-old cousin (who has dementia and soon will be admitted to an assisted living facility) complete the 10-page (yes, 10-page) application for this benefit. In addition to the application form, there are several other forms that need to be completed. I feel that the process is set up to frustrate and discourage eligible individuals from applying.”