Thank you to all the U.S. veteran men and women that have served our country. We salute you this Veterans Day and every day!
At A Place for Mom, we’re celebrating Veterans Day with the launch of two important initiatives. Together with VeteranAid.org, we’re undertaking a national campaign to promote awareness of the often-misunderstood Aid & Attendance Improved Pension, with the goal of helping veterans understand who is eligible and how to apply for benefits. In addition, we’re proud to highlight our Wall of Honor, an online gallery where you can submit photos and notes to pay tribute to loved ones who have served in the military.
According to the latest census data, there are 19.1 million living veterans in the U.S., and 9.3 million of them over the age of 65. Many are eligible for benefits through the Aid & Attendance (A&A) Pension plan, but a recent survey by APFM revealed that 69% of those who qualify are unaware they could be receiving a monthly financial stipend.
Three common myths are to blame for the confusion:
Myth #1: If you weren’t injured during your service, you’re not eligible for benefits.
Fact: A&A Pension qualification does not require injury.
Myth #2: If you only served for a short time, you’re not eligible for benefits.
Fact: If you served for even one day during specified time periods, you qualify to receive a pension.
Myth #3: If you didn’t participate in active combat, you’re not eligible for benefits.
Fact: Location and distance from combat is not a consideration.
Through the A&A Improved Pension, those who qualify can receive up to $1,758 per month for a veteran, $1,130 per month for a spouse, or $2,085 per month for a couple.
Twelve documents are required to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension.
To learn more about how to apply, visit: the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension website.
Created to honor all of those who have served in the military, our Wall of Honor currently features over 100 photos of veterans as well as descriptions of their service. Has someone close to you served? Share his or her photo today.
Are you spending this Veterans Day with a senior loved one who has served? Share their story with us in the comments below.