VA Aid & Attendance Lawyer
Long-term care costs are growing at an astronomical rate and show no signs of slowing down. If you or a present or past spouse served in the military, even if you did not suffer an injury during your service or actively serve in combat, you may be eligible for a special pension or Aid & Attendance benefits to help cover the costs of long-term care. There are also other benefits, such as respite care, home health aides, incontinence supplies, and medical supplies that are available to some veterans. However, many people do not know that they could qualify for this help.
An accredited VA attorney can often help you get your claim though with a minimum of delay. If you are denied, an accredited VA attorney can help you appeal the denial and many times can get the application approved. A denial does not necessarily mean that you are unqualified to receive benefits. Instead, it often indicates that you didn’t present enough of the right kind of evidence to demonstrate your eligibility. This is why the Veterans Administration requires special accreditation to VA attorneys to enable them to assist veterans with the application or appeals process effectively.
If you are unsure if you would qualify or are having difficulty obtaining VA Aid & Attendance benefits, the experienced team at Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC can work to establish your eligibility and advocate on your behalf to get results.
What are Aid and Attendance Benefits?
VA Aid & Attendance benefits includes a special pension and provides additional amounts for veterans who need regular care and attendance. They are offered in conjunction with the VA’s Housebound allowance to help veterans and their families who need long-term care. These benefits are in addition to the recipient’s pension and other benefits the person may qualify for such as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.
The amount of money received through Aid & Attendance varies depending on the applicant’s other income and the cost of the applicant’s care.
Eligibility for Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits
First and foremost, to receive special pension, Aid & Attendance, and home-bound benefits the veteran applicant or spouse who was a veteran must have served at least 90 days in the military and must have served for at least one day during a period of time when Congress had declared that the US was at war.
The military service does not have to have been overseas, the veteran did not have to serve in combat, and the veteran does not have to have a service-connected injury or illness. But, due to a disability and age, the applicant must need assistance with one or more activities of daily living.
There are also income and asset qualifications that change annually. The government uses a look back period when considering assets, so a veteran cannot simply give everything to family members and qualify right away. As with Medicaid, the regulations are complex. It is important to work with an accredited veterans benefit attorney to develop a strategic plan to establish eligibility for benefits without unnecessary depletion of assets.
Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC Helps Veterans and Their Families Get the Benefits They Deserve
The veterans who have fought to maintain our nation’s freedoms should not have to fight for the benefits they are entitled to receive. However, very often, their applications are denied, and they have no choice but to fight.
Let us help. Federal law prohibits anyone charging a fee to prepare the application for Aid & Attendance benefits! While there may be other services we offer and you hire us to provide, we will not charge you for preparing the application for Aid & Attendance benefits.
We know the evidence needed to establish particular types of claims, and we know how to collect and present that evidence on your behalf. Contact the dedicated team at Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC to learn more about how we can help you receive the full benefits waiting for you.