VA AID AND ATTENDANCE BENEFIT
Warning: On September 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published its final rules amending 38 CFR Part 3, regarding net worth, asset transfers and income exclusions for needs-based benefits. These new regulations will become effective October 18, 2018 and will not apply to transfers made prior to October 18, 2018.
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The VA pays a service pension to disabled veterans who are not able to work. There are additional benefits for those who are housebound, and those in need of Aid and Attendance.
This pension benefit is one of the most overlooked benefits available to senior citizens, and can provide a tremendous benefit to clients.
The pension is also available for surviving spouses. This pension is available whether or not the disability is service-connected, but to be eligible you must meet the following requirements:
You must not have been discharged under dishonorable conditions.
If you enlisted before September 7, 1980, you must have served 90 days or more of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
You must be permanently and totally disabled, or age 65 or older.
In addition, your income must be below the yearly limit set by law; called the Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR).
The MAPR for 2018 are below:
Vet with no dep: $13,166
Vet with one dep: $17,241
Housebound no dep: $16,089
Housebound one dep: $20,166
The pension depends on your income. The VA pays the difference between your income and the MAPR. The pension is usually paid in 12 equal payments.
Contact us for more information and assistance in qualifying for VA Aid and Attendance Benefits.
Aid and Attendance.
A veteran who needs the help of an attendant may qualify for additional help on top of the disability pension benefit. The veteran needs to show that he or she needs the help of an attendant on a regular basis. A veteran who lives in a nursing home is presumed to need aid and attendance.
A veteran who meets these requirements will get the difference between his or her income and the MAPR below (2018 figures):
Aid and attendance no dep: $21,962
Aid and attendance one dep: $26,036
Benefits for surviving spouse:
A similar benefit is payable to the surviving spouse of a veteran. The benefit amounts are:
Surviving no dep: $8,830
Surviving one dep: $11,557
Housebound no dep: $10,792
Housebound one dep: $13,514
Aid and Attendance no dep: $14,113
Aid and attendance one dep: $16,837
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