Sep 02, 2015 - 09:31 AM
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. Unfortunately, most everything at the VA is means tested including the Aid and Attendance Portion of the VA's Non-Service Connected Pension Program. The Pension program is designed for veterans whose medical expenses exceed their income and do not have sizable estates to care for their medical needs. The purpose is to strech assets out long enough until Medicaid or similar can take over.
However, the VA recently eliminated the asset portion on the Healthcare application and only look specifically at income v. medical expenses.
Also you should consider filing a claim to the VA as being a pilot you were exposed to sound trauma and one would expect that you would have some hearing loss as well as tinnitus. You can find a local Veterans Service Officer through the VA's website at: http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditat...
Sep 02, 2015 - 09:42 AM
Sep 02, 2015 - 10:53 AM
Sep 03, 2015 - 05:31 AM
The largest amount of assets we had someone have in their own name was $248,000 - but, she was a surviving spouse in a nursing home, so her care costs were high - there were 40 awards granted in 2014 to people with over $119,2200 in assets. 39 clients of Elder Resource Benefits Consulting were grane the benefit with more than $119,220 in 2014, so your guess of $100,000 may very well be a great number.
The reason so many people think there is an $80,000 is that over $80,000 further development is required by the VA. Anyone with under $80,000 can get the benefit if they meet the other criteria, sometimes people will mistakenly think you have to have less than that, but there are regulations that allow you to have up to $80,000 if you use them.
Sep 10, 2015 - 09:14 AM