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VETERANS BENEFITS

THE AID AND ATTENDANCE PROGRAM

This is a program available to veterans who need assistance with basic daily activities such as bathing, dressing and eating to name a few.  These benefits can be paid to someone outside of the home, such as a family member, to the veterans spouse or to an ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY, which is very helpful.  Please keep in mind that if the benefits are paid to the veterans spouse, the funds are considered income when determining eligibility.  The top benefit rate is approximately $2,120 (2015) and changes annually.  Sounds great right?  So what determines who can get this.

 

VETERAN QUALIFICATION FOR AID AND ATTENDANCE

Anyone who served in the active Military, Naval or Air Services; including Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marines is considered a veteran.  You must have 90 days of active military service with at least one day of service during a war time period.  Please note, the war requirement does not mean you needed to participate in an actual battle.  You must also suffer from a permanent and total disability or be 65 or older.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please give us a call.  Additional benefits may be available for service related disabilities.

 

FINANCIAL QUALIFICATION FOR AID AND ATTENDANCE

For the veteran or veterans widow to qualify, the household cannot have more than the allowable countable assets.  The countable household income also cannot be more than the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit amount and will vary by situation.

 

OUR SERVICE TO YOU

  • Evaluate your service and condition for Aid and Attendance qualification
  • Evaluate your assets for financial qualification and help you use appropriate planning to qualify
  • Determine other benefits available through the VA that are available to you

EXAMPLE FROM THE FILE CABINET

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Sally's husband of 40 years Craig, is in ill health and she is no longer able to provide care for him. Sally looks into nursing home and assisted living care and is saddened and surprised at the cost. She feels that there is the distinct possibility that she may be facing a Medicaid Emergency.

Sally calls the Missouri Elder Law Firm and through consultation we learn that Craig was in the service and was active duty for 2 days during a war. Sally learns that they qualify for the Aid and Attendance program and that her situation is not as dire as she had originally suspected. She is then successfully able to construct a meaningful estate plan.  Further, Craig's service injuries qualify him for additional disability compensation.

 

OTHER VA BENEFITS

  • Missouri Veterans Nursing Homes -Missouri has 5 Veterans Nursing Homes that offer substantially discounted rates to qualifying veterans. Unfortunately there are waiting lists for all of these facilities so acting fast is important.
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Disability Compensation
  • Employment & Training
  • Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Special Monthly Compensation
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Veterans Health Care
  • Veterans Life Insurance
  • Burial and Memorial
  • Death Pension