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Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension Benefits Attorneys in Reading, Pennsylvania

Serving Clients in Berks County and the Surrounding Area

Reading, Pennsylvania Veterans Benefits Law Firm

What is Aid and Attendance?

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit is a program offered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides financial assistance to veterans and their spouses who require the assistance of another person in order to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. The A&A benefit is intended to help veterans and their families cover the cost of long-term care, whether it is provided in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or in the veteran's home.

To be eligible for the A&A benefit, a veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day of service being during a period of war. The veteran must also be in need of regular personal care due to a medical condition, and must meet certain income and asset limits. Spouses of veterans may also be eligible for the A&A benefit if they require regular personal care and meet the income and asset limits.

The amount of the A&A benefit is determined based on the veteran's or spouse's net worth and income, as well as the cost of the care they are receiving. The benefit is paid directly to the veteran or spouse, and can be used to cover the cost of long-term care services such as nursing home care, home health care, or adult day care.

If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran and think you may be eligible for the A&A benefit, contact Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Reading, Pennsylvania, throughout Berks County, and the neighboring counties of Schuylkill, Montgomery, Lancaster, Chester, and Lebanon.

What is the application process for Aid and Attendance Benefits?

To apply for Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you will need to complete and submit VA Form 21-2680, "Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance." This form can be obtained from your local VA regional office, or you can download it from the VA's website.

Before you begin the application process, you will need to gather information including proof of your military service, such as your DD-214 form, and medical documentation of your need for regular personal care due to a medical condition. You may also need to provide financial information, such as your income and assets, in order to determine your eligibility for the A&A benefit.

Once you have gathered all of the necessary documentation, you can complete and submit VA Form 21-2680 to your local VA regional office. You may also be able to submit the form online through the VA's website, or you can mail it to the VA along with any supporting documentation.

It is important to note that the application process for the A&A benefit can take several months to complete. The VA will review your application and any supporting documentation, and may request additional information or clarification if needed. If your application is approved, the VA will notify you in writing and explain the terms of the A&A benefit, including the amount of the benefit and how it will be paid. If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision by following the appeal process outlined in the VA's notice of decision.

At Curran Estate & Elder Law, we are experienced in veterans’ benefits law and can provide valuable guidance and representation.  We can help you navigate the application process and advocate on your behalf.  Call us today for a consultation.  Top of Form

How Much Could I Receive?  How much could my spouse receive?

The 2022 Maximum Monthly Benefits are as follows:

  • The maximum benefit amount for a veteran who does not have a spouse or dependent child is $1,229 / month.
  • The maximum benefit amount for a married veteran is $1,609 / month.
  • For a surviving spouse without any dependent children, the maximum benefit amount is $824 / month.

The A&A Pension is a monetary “add on” to the Basic Veterans / Survivors Pension. The amounts below are the maximum benefit amount a veteran or surviving spouse may be entitled to for Basic Veterans / Survivor Pension plus Aid & Attendance Pension.

  • The maximum benefit amount for a veteran who does not have a spouse or dependent child is $2,050 / month.
  • The maximum benefit amount for a married veteran is $2,431 / month.
  • The maximum benefit amount for a surviving spouse is $1,317 / month.

The Housebound Pension is a cash “add on” to the Basic Veterans / Survivors Pension. The benefit amounts below are the maximum monetary amounts a veteran or survivor spouse may be able to receive for Basic Veterans / Survivor Pension plus Housebound Pension.

  • The maximum benefit amount for a veteran who does not have a spouse or dependent child is $1,502 / month.
  • The maximum benefit amount for a veteran with a spouse is $1,882 / month.
  • The maximum benefit amount for a surviving spouse under the Housebound Pension is $1,007 / month.

*Note: these maximum benefit amounts may fluctuate and the actual benefit that is approved may be less.

Who is eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits?

To be eligible for Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits, a veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day of service being during a period of war. The veteran must also be in need of regular personal care due to a medical condition, and must meet certain income and asset limits.

Spouses of veterans may also be eligible for A&A benefits if they require regular personal care and meet the income and asset limits. In addition, surviving spouses of veterans who were receiving or were entitled to receive A&A benefits at the time of their death may also be eligible for the benefit.

It is important to note that A&A benefits are not available to all veterans and their families. To determine your eligibility for the benefit, you will need to apply and provide documentation to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA will review your application and any supporting documentation to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for the A&A benefit.

How can I qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits?

To qualify for Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Military service: You must be a veteran who served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day of service being during a period of war.
  2. Medical condition: You must be in need of regular personal care due to a medical condition. This may include physical or mental disabilities, or advanced age.
  3. Income and assets: You must meet certain income and asset limits to qualify for A&A benefits. The VA considers your net worth, including your income, savings, and investments, as well as any support you receive from other sources.

To determine your eligibility for A&A benefits, you will need to complete and submit VA Form 21-2680, "Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance." This form can be obtained from your local VA regional office, or you can download it from the VA's website. You will also need to provide supporting documentation, such as proof of your military service and medical documentation of your need for regular personal care.

The VA will review your application and any supporting documentation to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for the A&A benefit. If your application is approved, the VA will notify you in writing and explain the terms of the A&A benefit, including the amount of the benefit and how it will be paid. If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision by following the appeal process outlined in the VA's notice of decision.

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