After serving this country, veterans should not have to struggle to get the care they need. No, the care they deserve. If you or a loved one is a disabled veteran, a little-known veteran’s benefit called Aid & Attendance may defray expensive nursing care. However, as with any government process, applying for veterans’ benefits can be complex, time-consuming, and frustrating.
Aid & Attendance Eligibility
To receive Aid & Attendance benefits, an applicant must be:
- A wartime veteran or the spouse of a wartime veteran;
- At least age 65 or permanently and totally disabled;
- Suffering from certain medical conditions;
- Within the financial requirements; and
- In need of assistance with at least two activities of daily living, be completely bedridden, have severely impaired vision, or be a resident of a nursing facility.
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:
- The veteran served at least 90 days of activity military duty, with at least one wartime day. He or she must not have received a dishonorable discharge.
- The veteran or spouse proves they need the attendance of another person to help with their daily living activities as defined by the Veterans Administration.
- Although asset and income limits have not been specified by the VA, the veteran or surviving spouse must prove financial need. The VA caseworker reviews the applicant’s financial data and makes a determination on eligibility.
Applications, Denials, and Appeals.
The application process is difficult, especially for someone already dealing with disabilities. An incorrect application may lead to denial of benefits. Applicants who are denied benefits cannot reapply for a year. While it is possible to appeal a denial, that process is even more complicated than applying. It’s best to use an experienced attorney every step of the way.
If you or a loved one served in the armed forces, check out all the benefits available to veterans. We assist veterans with applications and appeals at no charge.
For a free consultation, contact us at 256-251-2137 or use our convenient Contact Form. We have offices in Anniston and Birmingham, but also assist clients in the Gadsden, Hoover, Talladega, Vestavia Hills, and surrounding areas.