The following is a 'hidden' program.
A Little Known Benefit For Aging Veterans:
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This is a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit called the Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension benefit, known as A&A, which can cover the costs of caregivers in the home (including sons and daughters who are paid to be caregivers, though not spouses) or be used for assisted living or a nursing home.
The benefit is not insignificant: up to $2,019 monthly for a veteran and spouse, and up to $1,094 for the widow of a veteran.
To bridge the information gap, Ms. Burak introduced www.veteranaid.org , a Web site and a 501(c)(3) charity, in 2005, to provide information about A&A eligibility and how to apply.
To qualify, a veteran need NOT have suffered a service-related injury. He or she only had to have clocked at least one day of his or her 90-day minimum military service during a time of war and need caregiving for activities of daily living.
If you know the program’s name and search the Veterans Affairs Web site for Aid and Attendance, the first page states that you are not eligible for A&A unless you already qualify for a basic Veterans Affairs pension — for which you have to be “totally disabled.”
Don't let that "Totally Disabled" statement mislead you!
When a wartime veteran turns 65, the V.A. automatically classifies them as ‘TOTALLY DISABLED,’ And if they meet income and asset criteria, they are eligible for a basic pension.
The department does not reveal maximum allowable assets. But $80,000 (your house and one car are exempt from this total) is a good estimate, though someone with more assets could still qualify if expenses were quite high.
Income limits are not set in stone either. But the maximum is around $20,000 to $23,000 after deducting costs for medical expenses, caregivers, assisted living or nursing home fees.
Study the article above and then go to the nonprofit website for free assistance to apply for this wonderful HIDDEN program: www.veteranaid.org
I am not associated with the veteranaid.org website, but I wish I had found it because I was my Mother's sole caretaker for the past 15 years and this would have raised my Mother's quality of life tremendously. She passed away last August 13, 2014 and my Heart is broken...
September 28, 2014