The Qualifications portion of the site touches on the various formulas and ways to meet the criteria for the Aid and Attendance pension. However, this is where many people who apply on their own military benefits without the help of an attorney can go awry. You see, we are trained to know exactly what paperwork needs to be filled out, how it should look, and ways to ensure that your father, mother or spouse will get this pension. Plus, when you hire an attorney you only need to file once. One time is all that it takes to make sure the VA knows you need the money to take care of your beloved veteran.
Quick Criteria Recap:
- Soldier must have served 90 days of active service with a minimum one day of service during a wartime period.
- Wartime must have been in WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War.
- One day of active wartime service does not mean that the solider had to be on the battlefield.
- Aid and Attendance benefit uses a calculation to assess your veteran’s COUNTABLE INCOME.
- Countable Income is monthly expenses and monthly income.
- If you are above the requirements for COUNTABLE INCOME yearly you will not receive the pension.
- If you are below the requirements for COUNTABLE INCOME, you will receive the pension.
As we briefly discussed on the qualifications page the amounts that will be allotted to your veteran will differ depending on certain factors. For instance, if your veteran has a dependent in the home they should qualify for $2,019 per month. If there is no dependent and you are the primary caregiver the pension will allow for up to $1,703 per month and if the surviving spouse of a veteran applies and is found in need, they can receive $1,094.00 per month.
Deductions for un-reimbursed medical expenses do apply. The VA also allows for reoccurring medical expenses that can be weekly, monthly, yearly or quarterly. There is no set format for recurring monthly medical expenses.
The un-reimbursed medical expenses must have been paid by the person who is responsible for all future expenses. Also, the veteran—or other—should not have received reimbursement from the expenses.
(We see many mistakes on the calculations portion of the application. It is tricky and there are many ways to get it wrong. And when you do, it’s back to the end of the line.)
Are YOU providing military benefits and care to your beloved Veteran?
If you are providing care, read the following carefully. In order to deduct as medical expenses the in-home care you provide to your parent, you must draw up a contract that states how much they are paying you for their care. Without the proper paperwork issues with Medicaid will arise. You can also call us before drawing up any in-home care documents, just to be on the safe side.
- In-home care-requires a contract documenting payment, contact us for help with this.
- Assisted living-request the Aid and Attendance rating for the room and board at this facility and apply it as an expense.
What about when your parent simply cannot afford to pay out for medical care? This is when it gets tricky, because they wouldn’t need help if they could pay. There are two options, one is having a child pay for the care, therefore qualifying it as a loan. The other option requires that the VA annualize expenses that will not be completed until the pension is granted. We definitely find the second choice to be a problem area and many people are frequently denied simply because they did not plan out the paper work correctly.