US Veterans Benefits

ACCESS UP TO $2,000 PER MONTH IN VETERANS AID

The Veterans Aid and Attendance (VA&A) Pension provides benefits to veterans and their spouses to help pay for costs of care – both in-home care and senior housing. At A Place for Mom we work with many families who are not aware of these benefits and who miss out on key financial support that can help pay for senior living and home care expenses. Benefits can change yearly, so we encourage families to take action now to determine their eligibility.

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Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit Overview

2018 BENEFITS

  • $1,830 per month for a veteran
  • $2,170 per month for a veteran with a spouse
  • $1,438 per month for a veteran with a sick spouse
  • $1,176 per month to a surviving spouse
  • $2,930 per month to a couple of two veterans

ANTICIPATED CHANGE 2019

The VA may announce changes to the eligibility requirements in 2019, so it is to your advantage to apply today.

2018 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Veteran served during an approved war period and honorably discharged.
  • Reviews current income and assets when applying.

ANTICIPATED CHANGE 2019

The VA has provided guidance that the eligibility requirements will change in 2018.

It is to your advantage to apply today.

Veterans Benefits 101

Veterans benefits provide those who have served their country, as well as their spouses, financial assistance during their retirement years. Veterans who are at least 65 years-old* and who served during war time (though not necessarily in actual combat) may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) that can be used to help pay for care. Spouses and surviving spouses of wartime veterans are also often eligible. Veteran’s benefits can make all the difference for families who struggling to pay for care.

*Veterans who are under 65 but rated 100% disabled may qualify for the VA Pension as described below.

Who is eligible for veterans benefits?

Veterans who are at least 65 years old and who served during wartime (though not necessarily in actual combat) may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Veterans who are less than 65 years old but who are rated 100% disabled may qualify for benefits. Spouses and surviving spouses of wartime veterans are also often eligible. These benefits can be used to help pay for care.

What are the service requirements?

The first eligibility requirement is service. Veterans must have served at least one day during wartime. Dates of service can be established from discharge papers.

The dates the VA considers wartime are:

World War II: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975. Veterans who served “in country” in Vietnam may also qualify as early as February 28, 1961.
Gulf War: August 2, 1990 to a date to be determined by the U.S. government.

How can I get my discharge papers?

Copies of discharge papers can be requested from the National Archives or by calling 314-801-0800.

What the three tiers of VA Benefits?

There are three tiers of VA Benefits:

What does “means tested” mean?

Assistance from the VA is “means tested,” which means that the VA determines benefits based on the applicant’s income, assets and needs. Applicants who have countable incomes over maximum thresholds, including their homes, may still qualify, as decisions are largely made on a case-by-case basis that take into account age and the amount of monthly allowable medical benefit. For more information, visit the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit Calculator at VeteranAid.org.

How do I apply for veterans benefits?

Call the VA Health Benefits Service Center at (877) 222-VETS or contact a Veterans Benefits Office or VA health care facility. To find the location nearest you, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

How can I get assistance for applying for veterans benefits?

Consider speaking with a Veteran Services Officer (VSO). VSOs volunteer throughout the United States, frequently at hubs for veterans like American Legion halls or Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) lodges. You can locate a VA accredited attorney or VSO/Benefits representative here: http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/. You can also read our Veterans Benefit Expert Q&A article to see answers to common VA benefit questions. A Place for Mom Senior Living Advisors, who live and work across the country, can also answer basic questions about VA benefits, and refer local veteran aid experts for more intensive assistance. They can also help you identify senior communities where Veterans Aid and Attendance can be used.

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