Qualifying veterans or their surviving spouses can receive financial assistance through the VA Aid and Attendance benefit from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Tax-free monthly deposits go to individuals who require help from others with activities of daily living or are otherwise homebound.
If you have questions about the basic qualifying rules, read our blog posts for veterans and surviving spouses, or schedule an appointment to talk to a VA-accredited attorney. He or she can offer guidance about submitting an application and navigating the VA Aid and Attendance process and appeals.
Maximum Benefits in 2020
Because VA Aid and Attendance is a benefit beyond the basic pension, you can only receive this benefit if you meet the qualifications for wartime service, income vs. unreimbursed medical expenses, and assets. If you are successful with your application to receive the top amount awarded, here is what you can expect to receive:
- If you are a unmarried veteran, your maximum benefit is $1,911 a month, or $22,932per year;
- If you are a married veteran, your maximum benefit is $2,266 a month, or $27,192 per year;
- If you are an unremarried surviving spouse, your maximum benefit is $1,228 a month, or $14,736 per year.
We focus on education and recognize that misinformation often spreads through the Internet and word-of-mouth in the community. While someone may have told you that you will not qualify for a VA pension, that may not actually be the case. Let us review your current financial picture and discuss whether tools may be available to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
VA applications require completing several lengthy forms. You also need to supply documentation, such as financial statements, marriage and death certificates, a physician’s statement of disability, and military discharge papers. Submitting inaccurate or incomplete applications can result in a benefits denial. To better understand the process and qualification guidelines to determine whether you are eligible or could become eligible, talk to our VA-accredited attorney for free by calling 813-367-1500 or messaging us here.