Veterans Advisors/Aid & Attendance

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Introduction to Veterans Benefits

(Source benefits.va.gov)

Elderly Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, healthcare, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial.

Two VA programs provide certain elderly Veterans with an additional monetary amount if you are eligible for or receiving a VA Pension benefit:

Aid and Attendance (A&A)

Aid and attendance is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you meet one of the conditions below:

Housebound

Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of a permanent disability.

Aid & Attendance and Housebound

Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

Since Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A Veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.

Aid & Attendance (A&A)

The Aid & Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:

Housebound

This increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.

How to Apply

Click here for a list of SeniorLeaf Network Veterans Advisors that are able to guide you through the VA benefits process.

You may apply for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits by writing to the Pension Management Center (PMC) that serves your state. Click Here to Apply.

You may also visit your local regional benefit office to file your request. You can locate your local regional benefit office using the VA Facility Locator by Clicking Here.

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Additional VA Benefits

Disability Compensation

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.

Helpful Video: Compensation 101: What is Service Connection?

Pension

Pension Program Eligibility:

Pension benefits are needs-based and your "countable" family income must fall below the yearly limit set by law. Veterans must have at least 90 days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period. 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 up (with some exceptions). You must also be:

The Veteran must have met the service requirements above for surviving spouses and children applying for the Survivors Pension. For more information about Survivor’s Pension, click Here.

Link: VA Pension Benefits Fact Sheet

Link: Be aware of Pension Poaching Scams

Link: How to Apply

Education and Training

For more information about Education and Training benefits, click here

Healthcare

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. What information do we want for this section? Link: VA Health Administration Locations

Home Loans

VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of our mission to serve you, we provide a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.

VA Home Loans are provided by private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies. VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms.

Insurance

As part of the VA’s mission to serve Service members, Veterans, and their families, VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. VA’s life insurance programs were developed to provide financial security for your family given the extraordinary risks involved in military service.

Benefit Options

Eligibility Requirements

How to Apply

Click here for a list of SeniorLeaf Network Veterans Advisors that are able to guide you through the VA benefits process.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

You may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. For more information, go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Burial Benefits

Effective July 7, 2014: VA is changing its monetary burial benefits regulations to simplify the program and pay eligible survivors more quickly and efficiently. These regulations will authorize VA to pay, without a written application, most eligible surviving spouses basic monetary burial benefits at the maximum amount authorized in law through automated systems rather than reimbursing them for actual costs incurred.

How to Apply:

Click here for a list of SeniorLeaf Network Veterans Advisors that are able to guide you through the VA benefits process.

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Veterans Advisors

Click here for a list of SeniorLeaf Network Veterans Advisors that are able to guide you through the VA benefits process.

Additional Information

Other information regarding VA burial benefits such as flags, headstones and markers is provided by the National Cemetery Administration (click here)

Sources: http://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-elderly.asp https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp

Disclaimer - this information is for relative guidance. Seniors should seek expert help from the VA or VA Advisor prior to making decisions.

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