There are many benefits out there for veterans, but sometimes determining eligibility can be confusing.
VeteranAid.org recently released an eligibility benefit calculator for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit to you help simplify the process for you and your loved ones. Get started to discover how your family can save both time and money.
The VA Aid and Attendance Benefit and Veterans Eligibility
Hundreds of thousands are eligible for this little-known, yet incredibly helpful, VA benefit, including spouses of veterans. Funds can be used to help pay for senior care and offer financial aid to the veterans and their family who deserve them. A Place for Mom has helped guide more than 410,000 veterans in their searches for senior care and housing, and part of this assistance is educating families about the benefits they have earned, but may not know about.
Education is king when it comes to funding retirement and senior care costs. Every little bit of financial assistance can help; especially if it’s money a veteran in your family has already earned. Here are a few ways the VA Aid and Attendance benefit can assist your family:
- The Veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.
- The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. A veteran filing with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month.
- Like Social Security, this pension is dependable and is paid directly to you by the Department of Treasury.
Overview of Questions You Will Be Asked About Veterans Eligibility
If you want to gather information ahead of time, the eligibility calculator will ask the following questions to help determine eligibility:
1. Who are you looking for?
Are you looking for financial assistance for yourself, a parent, grandparent, other relative, or friend? You will need to specify in the questionnaire.
2. Are you or is your spouse a veteran?
You will need to determine whether either you or your spouse served the country in active duty.
3. Did you serve at least 90 days of active duty with at least 1 day during one of these approved periods of war?
To be eligible for benefits, a veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with one or more of those days occurring during wartime. This does not mean that the veteran had to see actual combat.
If the active duty occurred after September 7, 1980, you must have served at least 24 months or the full period that you were called to duty.
The VA’s dates of wartime are as follows:
- Mexican Border War: May 9, 1916, through April 5, 1917
- WWI: April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918, extended to April 1, 1920, for those who served in the Soviet Union
- WWII: December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, extended to July 25, 1947, where continuous with active duty on or before December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
- Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975. February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, for a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.91
4. Was the veteran honorably discharged from service?
The veteran had to be honorably discharged from service to be eligible for the benefit.
5. Do any of the following currently pertain to your parent(s) assistance needs?
In this question, you will determine what activities of daily living (ADLs), such as getting dressed, eating or using the restroom, your loved one may need assistance with.
If you or your loved one qualifies for the benefit, you will be directed to the “How to Apply” page, and will be given additional veteran senior care information and helpful resources.
Benefits Your Family Has Earned
Sadly, around 69% of veterans are completely unaware of the benefits available to them — and that means many veterans are paying more for their care than they should.
At A Place for Mom, our goal is to help families find the right senior care solution. For many families in the U.S., the hardest part of the process isn’t finding the right community, it’s figuring out how to pay for it, and the VA Aid and Attendance benefit calculator can help!
More than one third of Americans over 65 are either wartime veterans or the spouses of wartime vets. These individuals may qualify for a pension program through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), commonly referred to as “Aid & Attendance,” yet only a small fraction of those who are eligible actually know about this benefit. So get started today. Paying for senior living may be intimidating, but there are many resources available for our veteran senior loved ones. Educate yourself and try the A&A benefit eligibility calculator. You have nothing to lose!
Do you or a loved one have veterans benefits? What would you like to let other families know about the veterans eligibility process? Share your story with us in the comments below.
Free Veterans Eligibility Calculator posted by Dana Larsen http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/8-11-16-free-veterans-eligibility-calculator/
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