Veteran Benefits: Aid and Attendance

At Home Senior Services is dedicated to giving veterans and their spouse/widow the care they deserve. In recognition of their efforts in service to our country, we want to make sure our vets are receiving the best quality care for their money. Read below to see if you qualify for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Program.

What is Aid and Attendance?

A program that offers a cash payment for non-reimbursed medical expenses for veterans and their spouse or widow in a monthly amount not exceeding $2,169 (indexed for inflation). This benefit relates to disabilities unrelated to service, which is helpful as the individual ages and needs assistance.

Requirements for Aid:

Service: 

  • 90 days of active service with at least one day of service during a wartime period
  • Cannot have dishonorable discharge

Care:

  • Primary care physician qualifies you for needing assistance with 2 ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) OR supervision due to cognitive or physical limitations

Financial:

  • Three-year look-back for transfers
  • Income reducible by out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Asset limit: currently $127,061

Current Maximum Benefits for 2019:

Veteran with no dependents ………........................………..$1,881/month; $22,577/year

Married Veteran…………………………........................….…$2,230/month; $26,766/year

Widow of a Veteran with no dependents...........................…$1,209/month; $14,509/year

Healthy Veteran with ill spouse……….....................……..…$1,447/month; $17,724/year

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What is the 3-year look-back period?

The VA is now imposing a 36 month look-back-period in which the VA “looks back” on all asset transfers made for less than they were worth. In other words, if you transfer assets for less than fair market value during that period, you may be subject to a penalty for up to 5 years. You will not be eligible for pension benefits during that time.

For more information on benefits, visit:

The National VA: www.va.gov/

Pennsylvania's DMVA: 1-800-547-2838 or www.veterans.pa.gov 

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Benefit Program: www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us

Do you need care?

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