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  • VA Aid and Attendance Pension Eligibility Planning Claim Filing

VA Aid and Attendance

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Types of VA Disability Benefits

There are two types of disability income benefits available to veterans who served in active duty:

  1. Compensation and
  2. Pension

Compensation/Service-Connected Disability

Compensation is provided to qualifying veterans to “compensate” for potential loss of income due to disability, injury, or illness incurred during service. To receive compensation, the veteran must have a service-connected disability. Compensation is not the subject of this presentation.

Pension/Non-Service Connected Disability

The second benefit is called pension, which is to provide supplemental income to disabled or aged veterans who have a low income. There is no need for the disability to be service connected.

VA Pension

VA Pension is benefit paid to wartime veterans with limited income, and who are permanently and totally disabled or age 65 or older.

Eligibility Test
You may be eligible if:

  1. You were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  2. You served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time, AND
  3. Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law, AND
  4. You are permanently and totally disabled, OR You are age 65 or older.

Tip: The Veteran need not to have served in a combat zone. Many clients disqualify themselves mentally, assuming that since they were not in a combat zone, they do not meet this prong of the test.

Persons who are 65 or older are presumed disabled under this definition.

Definition of “Period of War Time”

Period of War Beginning and Ending Dates

World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975; for veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964, February 18, 1961 through May 7, 1975
Gulf War: August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation

Pension offers different maximum benefit amounts based on whether the award is for a 1) Single Veteran, 2) Veteran with a Spouse, or a 3) Single Surviving Spouse of a Veteran.

Aid and Attendance

Additional income is payable to a household receiving VA Pension if the Veteran, spouse, or surviving spouse has additional need for their “regular aid and attendance” from another person, or is housebound.

Technically, there is no “Aid and Attendance” VA benefit. Rather, there is simply an “aid and attendance allowance’ that increases the Veteran’s pension in a nod to their additional needs above and beyond those that may only qualify for the basic VA Pension. This allowance may not be paid without eligibility for basic VA Pension, so aid and attendance can be considered and “add on” rather than a separate VA benefit as it is typically referred to.

Aid and Attendance is best thought of as for applicants that need financial help for in-home care, to pay for an assisted living facility, or nursing home. This is a non-service connected disability benefit, which means that the disability does not have to be the result of their service.

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