Learn How to Get Your Fair Share of Assisted Living Veterans Benefits
If you are a veteran, you and /or your spouse are entitled to Assisted Living veterans’ benefits. However, most people don’t know how to go about getting these benefits. One basic truth is the majority of people think that they need to go to a veteran’s home or a nursing home that is run by the VA. This is not true. Any war-time veteran can choose any Assisted Living facility; it does not need to be run by the Veterans Administration.
The VA benefit can help the veteran or their surviving spouse, with funds to pay 50% or even up to 100% of the cost for Assisted Living. So be aware of this fact and tell your fellow veteran friends.
Many people still think that you need to wounded or that your disability or illness is a direct effect that occurred during active duty.
Too many people just assume that a veteran would not quality for any benefits unless their disabilities they’re facing as they grow older were a direct effect of being in a war.
Many veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are starting to experience disabilities due to old age. Some of these disabilities are due to the war, most are not.
Let me make this perfectly clear. To use the non-service connected disability pension benefit, the problems and disabilities that you have now do not need to be war related.
Would you like to know what this obscure VA benefit is? It is officially known as the “Improved Disability Pension Benefit.” There are three monthly payment starting points that go by:
1. Income and Assets
2. Household Status
3. Need for assistance with activities of daily living
Point # 3 entitles the recipient to what is called “Aid and Attendance.”
A qualified veteran is one with least 90 days of active duty with one of those days being during an official period of war. The widowed spouse of a qualified veteran is eligible for this pension benefit also.
For widowed surviving spouses it is officially called the “Improved Death Pension Benefit with Aid and Attendance Entitlement”.
So in reality, the “Aid and Attendance Benefit” that no one seems to have heard of, is just the long-standing VA benefit called either:
- Non-Service Connected Disability Pension Benefit with Aid and Attendance Entitlement (for veterans)
- Non-Service Connected Improved Death Pension Benefit with Aid and Attendance Entitlement (for un-remarried widowed surviving spouse of an qualified veteran)
Now here’s the good news.
The award amount of this VA non-service connected benefit:
1. A Veteran with a dependent (typically spouse) can get up to $23,388 per year, paid monthly at $1,949
2. A Veteran with no dependents can receive up to $17,728 per year, paid monthly at $1,644
3. An un-remarried widow surviving spouse can receive up to $12,684 per year, paid monthly at $1,057
Qualifications for Assisted Living Veterans Benefits
There are five qualification criteria:
1. The veteran need not have to have served overseas, seen action or been in combat to qualify. They only need to have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day being during war.
2. They must no longer be able to drive safely
3. They must require assistance with daily living activities
4. They must have less then 80 thousand dollars in liquid assets. If you transfer your assets today, you’ll be eligible tomorrow.
5. The actual amount you can receive for the veterans benefit is based on a simple formula
The last qualification mentioned is sometimes confusing for families wanting to obtain the . However there is professional help available to help you get fast and accurate approval for you or your loved one. Don’t be denied your fair share .Last Modified April 9, 2010 @ 7:56 pm