The VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit is available to help qualifying veterans pay for long-term care, but millions who have served our country are unaware of these valuable benefits to which they are entitled. The Aid and Attendance benefit can reduce long-term care costs by thousands of dollars each year. Contact a Coeur d’Alene VA benefits attorney today to determine if you are eligible for these benefits.
This special pension benefit was created to help veterans and their surviving spouses pay for medical care and other costs associated with maintaining their quality of life. The Aid and Attendance benefit is a monthly cash payment made for the rest of the qualifying veteran’s or surviving spouse’s lifetime. In order to qualify, the veteran’s income must be below the VA’s income/asset threshold for receiving this benefit.
To Qualify for This Benefit, the Veteran Must Meet Specific Requirements
There is an income/ assets threshold that you and your spouse must meet to qualify. This threshold is determined by looking at your total income and then deducting your medical expenses. The veteran must also have satisfied the following:
1. The Veteran must have served 90 consecutive days in active military duty
2. The Veteran must have received a better than dishonorable discharge
3. The Veteran must have served at least 1 day of active duty during a war period
4. The Widow must not have divorced the Veteran or remarried after the Veteran’s death
5. The Veteran or Widow must need assistance with their activities of daily living
With proper planning, the veteran or surviving spouse can qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits while preserving their assets. Regardless of whether they meet the asset threshold. A Coeur d’Alene VA benefits attorney can assist you with proper planning and filing for benefits.
What is the VA, Aid, and Attendance Benefit in Northern Idaho?
Senior veterans in Northern Idaho who require long-term medical care, either in a facility or at home, may be eligible for financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance benefit. This lifetime, monthly cash benefit may also be provided for the veteran’s surviving spouse.
Unfortunately, thousands of Northern Idaho veterans qualify for these benefits, but are unaware of their eligibility. Considering that annual long-term care costs often exceed $50 thousand dollars, it is in every veteran’s best interest to determine whether they qualify for VA benefits.
In addition to medical care, the Aid and Attendance benefit can help pay for assistance with daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating, administration of medication, and transportation. When an individual struggles to complete these necessary daily tasks on their own, it can dramatically reduce their overall quality of life. At Evergreen Elder Law, we believe that protecting the quality of life for those who fought to protect the lives of their fellow Americans is crucial.
If you are a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran, contact our Coeur d’Alene office to attain this cash benefit for the rest of your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do VA benefits transfer to surviving spouses?
A surviving spouse can apply for Aid and Attendance. A separate application must be filed and they will need to meet the asset and income test.
Do I need an attorney to file for VA benefits?
It is not required by law to have an attorney to file for VA benefits, but legal counsel is highly recommended. The application for VA benefits is notoriously complicated and initial denials are common. Having an experienced lawyer by your side can save you significant time, stress, and money.
If I Have Too Many Assets Can I Still Qualify?
Yes, a VA accredited attorney can help. Your assets can be reorganized so they are not countable.
Contact a Coeur d’Alene VA Benefits Lawyer Today
If you are applying for VA benefits for the first time, or your initial application has been denied, it is critical to contact a Coeur d’Alene VA Benefits attorney or representative without delay. Sadly, unqualified and ill-intentioned people take advantage of veterans by guaranteeing approval of benefits, wasting their time and money.
At Evergreen Elder Law, we are proud to offer qualified, compassionate, and highly-effective legal services to veterans throughout the Northern Idaho regions. We will review your case to quickly determine eligibility and help you navigate the complex application process. If you have been denied in the past, our experienced VA benefit lawyers can help you re-apply or appeal, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Contact Evergreen Elder Law today for a confidential consultation about your case.