Service veterans who have at least 90 days of active duty with least one day served during a time of war may be eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance special pension. There are many such veterans who are unaware of these available benefits. Plus, surviving spouses who were married at the time of the veteran’s death may be eligible as well.
How to Qualify
There are certain medical qualifications that must be met in order to receive the Veterans Aid and Attendance special pension. The wartime veteran must demonstrate the need for assistance from another individual with activities of daily living. Blind veterans can qualify, and you can gain eligibility if you reside in a nursing home or an an assisted living community. If you have any specific questions about the qualification criteria, our Veterans Aid and Attendance attorneys would be glad to answer them.
Additionally, much like many other types of government benefits, there are limitations placed on financial resources. Applicants for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits are allowed to have no more than $80,000 in assets, not including their residence and vehicles. This $80,000 figure is considered to be a general rule of thumb. However, applications are reviewed individually and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
After you gather up all of the required documentation, the next step is to complete the required government forms, which you can find here: VA Form 21-527EZ (for veterans) or VA Form 21-534EZ (for spouses). Follow the instructions on the appropriate form. If you need help, you can contact the Veterans Administration or our Veterans Aid and Attendance attorneys.
What Are the Benefits?
The maximum monthly benefit for a single wartime veteran is $1,794, and with one dependent (spouse or child) the maximum monthly benefit would be $2,127. For a surviving spouse, the maximum monthly benefit would be $1,153 or $1,375 if the spouse has one dependent child. The additional $183 for each additional dependent child would also apply.
Submitting Your Application by Mail
When you have completed the application, you can mail your documentation to the processing center for the state of Michigan. Our veterans aid and attendance attorneys recommend sending the application materials by certified mail, requesting a return receipt so you can retain a record that your application was received.
What to Expect
It is important to remember that each person’s application will be different. So will the potential issues that may arise. Furthermore, each processing center may handle claims differently. Some locations are more efficient than others for a variety of reasons.
If there is any required information missing from your application materials that will affect how long it takes to process it. Generally speaking, it could take somewhere between 8 and 10 months for your application to be processed. Once it has been processed, you will receive a determination letter providing an estimate of your expected benefits.
If the veteran applying for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits is age 90 or older, a request can be submitted to speed up the application process. This can be done simply by including a cover letter requesting expedited processing with the application. The Veterans Administration’s regulations provide that applications for benefits for a veteran or widow age 90 or older must be given priority.
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