Brig. Gen. Carol Ann Fausone (Ret)Veteran Advocate
If you’re a veteran who hasn’t heard of the Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension benefit (the “A&A”), you’re not alone. A&A is a lesser known veteran benefit which can cover the costs of caregivers in the home (including sons and daughters but not spouses) or be used for assisted living or a nursing home.
Despite it being relatively unknown, it’s not for a lack of significance….at a maximum, A&A can cover $2,019.00 monthly for a veteran and spouse and up to $1,904.00 for the widow of a veteran.
So why don’t more people receive this benefit?
“It’s probably one of the lesser known benefits,” said Randal Noller, a VA spokesman in
Be it as it may, more veterans need to know about the benefit, and websites like VeteranAid.org are helping. The site contains information about the A&A benefit, all the forms needed and instructions on how to apply.
As a general rule, to qualify a veteran needs:
- To have clocked one day of his/her 90-day minimum military service during a time of war and be in need of caregiving for daily living.
- Have maximum assets worth less than $80,000 (car and home excluded) although someone with higher assets could still qualify if medical expenses were very high.
- Have a maximum income of around $20,000 to $23,000 after deducting costs for medical expenses, caregivers, assisted living or nursing home fees.
To learn more or see the original article, please visit: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/few-know-of-benefit-to-help-aging-veterans/