Special Pension for Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Helps Caregivers of Veterans 65 and Older

A little-known veterans‘ benefit for long-term care expenses is available to wartime veterans and their spouses. But the benefit is being overlooked by thousands of families.

The Special Pension for Veterans’ Aid and Attendance pays up to $1,949 a  month toward assisted living, nursing homes or in-home care for veterans 65 and older who served at least 90 days and one day during wartime – stateside or overseas.

Yet, an estimated $22 billion a year goes unclaimed, said Don Soard, a volunteer with Operation Veteran Aid in Oklahoma City. In 2007, only 134,000 seniors nationwide received the benefit, which was established in 1952.

“Literally hundreds of thousands don’t even know about it,” Soard said. “Due to incomplete information, many disqualify themselves on income or assets or find the paperwork too burdensome.” Read more: HERE<<

The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,632 per month to a veteran, $1,055 per month to a surviving spouse, or $1,949 per month to a couple.

Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. (Form 21-534 surviving spouse) (Form 21-526 Veteran.) This application will require a copy of DD-214 (*see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.

*To request a copy of a DD-214 visit www.vetrec.archives.gov.

*To get help filling out the forms, contact: Operation Veteran Aid

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5 responses to “Special Pension for Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Helps Caregivers of Veterans 65 and Older

  1. Please this is a free service. DO NOT use any groups that charge to assist in getting these benefits. Many scam organizations that sound as if the are related to the VA or other veteran organzations are charging our elderly. See a VFW, MCL, AL or any other bonafide service officer.

    • Just to let everyone know that I did my homework before posting this, I spoke to Fran O’Sullivan at Operation Vet Aid this morning. The service is ABSOLUTELY FREE because it is against Federal Law to charge for service of this kind. Anyone who has their doubts, can simply call their office: 1-352-794-6044 and ask about Operation Vet Aid.

      I am grateful that so many have expressed concerns about this, because everyone should be aware that anyone CHARGING fees of any kind to assist with VA paperwork (unless you have hired an attorney to fight the system for you) is breaking the law. Thanks for pointing this out, USMC!

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