More than one-third of Americans over 65 are either wartime veterans or are married to one, which means they may qualify for benefits that can help offset the cost of senior care. Yet less than 10 percent of those who qualify have even applied for Veterans Aid & Attendance, which can be used to help pay for in-home care, board and care, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities.
This guide is designed to help veterans and their families learn more about Aid & Attendance. It includes information about
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Update: January 2018
More than one third of Americans over 65 are either wartime veterans or the spouse of a wartime vet, who may qualify for a pension program through the Department of Veteran Affairs
The application and approval process for Aid & Attendance can be frustratingly slow. It can take weeks for families to gather the necessary documents and complete the paperwork. The approval process itself averages almost nine months, but a complete and accurate application can be processed much more quickly. Applicants who are age 90 or older may request an expedited review in a cover letter with their application.
While the approval process averages nine months, it pays retroactively upon approval of eligibility. This means the first benefit payment includes a lump sum to cover the months that the application was pending.
Benefits are directly deposited to the bank account of the veteran or surviving spouse each month.
Paper checks are no longer issued.
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