One important (and often overlooked) way to pay for long-term care is the Aid and Attendance benefit. Millions of Americans who have served our Country do not take advantage of the benefits that they are rightly entitled to. This underutilized resource can save thousands of dollars and help pay for much-needed care. Because few are aware of this program these benefits are underutilized and can pay for a substantial amount of your Long-Term Care costs. An experienced Tri Cities VA benefits attorney can help you to receive the benefits you are entitled to.
This special pension benefit is available to help veterans and surviving spouses of veterans pay for their medical care. It is called the ‘Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit’ which is a cash benefit that is paid out monthly for the rest of the veteran’s or surviving spouse’s life. To qualify for this benefit, there is an income/asset threshold that must be met. This threshold is calculated by taking your income and deducting your medical expenses.
To Qualify for a VA Benefit in Tri Cities, 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:
- The Veteran must have served 90 consecutive days on active military duty
- The Veteran must have received a better than dishonorable discharge
- The Veteran must have served at least 1 day of active duty during a war period
- The Widow must not have divorced the Veteran or remarried after the Veteran’s death
- The Veteran or Widow must need assistance with their daily living activities
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. Contact a VA Benefit
What is the VA, Aid, and Attendance Benefit in Kennewick, Pasco & Richland?
The Aid and Attendance benefit helps senior veterans in Eastern Washington when paying for long-term care. Unfortunately, it is a very underutilized benefit that many veterans are unaware of. In fact, only 5% of these assistance funds are even applied for because people do not know about the program. This benefit can also help a surviving spouse of a veteran pay for long-term care. It is a cash benefit that is paid monthly for the rest of the veteran or surviving spouses’ life.
In the Eastern Washington area, there are no doubt thousands who qualify for these benefits considering the proximity to military bases. The money, which is tax free, can be used for in-home care, an assisted living community, or a private-pay nursing home.
If you are a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran, contact our office to attain this cash benefit for the rest of your life.
Contact a Tri Cities VA Planning Lawyer Today
It is important to consult a VA Accredited attorney or representative when looking to apply for this benefit. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous and unqualified people taking advantage of veterans and making empty promises of guaranteed approval. Additionally, due to there being a three-year look-back period when the VA determines eligibility, it’s important to meet with a qualified attorney before you move or transfer assets. Applicants who transferred assets to put themselves below the net worth limit within three years of applying for benefits will be subject to a penalty that can last as long as 5 years.
Holland McBurns is proud to be a VA accredited attorney serving the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho regions.
Our office can quickly determine if you are eligible for this benefit and guide you through the complicated application process. Even if you have been denied this benefit in the past, we may still be able to help you either re-apply or appeal.