VA Aid & Attendance Improved Pension
VA Aid & Attendance Improved Pension
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Veterans Benefits are perhaps the most misunderstood and underutilized resources available to millions of veterans and their families. While it is commonly known that certain benefits are available for the brave men and women who served in our armed forces, many veterans (and their families) are unaware that they could be eligible for a wide range of benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs even if they did not directly retire from the military or suffer injuries in the line of duty.
The VA Aid & Attendance Improved Pension provides financial assistance to qualified veterans and their surviving spouses. This is a benefit that veterans have earned due to their service to our country, but few have ever heard about it. The program was established to provide financial assistance to veterans and their spouses, allowing them to live out their lives in dignity and afford basic necessities. The benefit is not dependent upon service related injuries. It helps cover the cost of qualified, un-reimbursed medical expenses, including in-home care by an outside provider as well as by a family member or at an assisted living facility. Though it has been in existence for decades, most veterans and their families have never even heard about it, or, if they have heard about it, they have not been given the guidance on how they can qualify.
The Basic Criteria for Qualifying:
- The Veteran must have served at least 1 day during a qualified war period (Service did not have to be in an active combat zone.)
- The Veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty.
- The Veteran must have received a better than dishonorable discharge.
- The Claimant must be over the age of 65 or permanently or totally disabled
- The Claimant as a surviving spouse of a qualified Veteran must not have divorced the veteran or re-married after the veteran's death.
- The Claimant or spouse needs assistance with daily living requirements (as certified by an MD)
- The Claimant's monthly medical expenses must equal or exceed their monthly income.
Veterans Benefits Offered to Eligible Beneficiaries Include:
- Burial and Memorial: In exchange for the service that Veterans have selflessly given to the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense provide several memorial and burial services for eligible active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired and veteran members. All Veterans and military family members should be aware of the memorial benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs before they are actually needed.
- Death Pension: The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: This is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans.
- Disability Compensation: Certain military veterans with a service-related disability may qualify for regular monthly benefits. These benefits are generally tax-free and are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that occurred while on active duty, or were aggravated and made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled as a result of care provided by VA medical facilities.
- Employment & Training: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DoL) and the Department of Education (DoE) all administer a number of employment, education, and training programs for veterans. These programs include, but are not limited to The Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty, The Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve, Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Veterans Upward Bound and Veterans’ Employment and Training.
- Parents DIC: Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is an income-based monthly benefit for the parents of a military service member or veteran who has died.
- Special Monthly Compensation: Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a monetary compensation (in addition to the regular VA Disability Compensation) to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss of or the loss of use of specific organs or extremities. Loss, or loss of use, is described as either an amputation or having no effective remaining function of an extremity or organ.
- Survivor Benefits: Surviving family members of veterans are entitled to certain benefits that can help ease their financial difficulties. When a loved one dies, it can be emotionally difficult to look into available benefits, but this process should be done as soon as possible to prevent eligibility problems.
- Veterans Health Care: The Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act was passed by Congress in October of 1996, paving the way for the Medical Benefits Package plan to be made available to all enrolled veterans. The Medical Benefits Package emphasizes preventive and primary care and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, combat veterans returning from active military service may be eligible to receive free health care services and nursing home care for up to two years, beginning on the date of separation from active military service. This benefit covers all illnesses and injuries except those clearly unrelated to military service. Dental services are not included in this health care package.
- Veterans Life Insurance: Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is a program which provides low cost group life insurance for service members on active duty, ready reservists, members of the National Guard, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the four service academies and members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Unfortunately, many of the eligible beneficiaries are initially denied these benefits when a claim is filed. Applicants should be aware that the decisions for these claims can be appealed by veterans and their eligible family members. The process for appeals generally begins with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) in Washington, D.C. Once a claim has been filed and consequently denied, the veteran or other potentially eligible beneficiary has sixty days to file for an appeal with their regional office.
Legislation was passed and came into effect on June 20, 2007 which provides veterans the option of retaining an attorney after the first denial by the Department of Veterans Affairs at the “Notice of Disagreement” (NOD) stage.
The Department of Veterans Affairs benefits claims and appeals process can be complicated. If a veteran or a veteran’s family members have received a denial of benefits to which they believe they are entitled, it is in their best interest to contact an attorney who is familiar with veterans benefits to assist them with the application and appeals process.
The VA Aid and Attendance Improved Pension is one of the most under utilized benefits available to US Military War Period Veterans today. That's why the Bradley Law Firm PLLC is conducting a series of VA Aid & Attendance improved Pension seminars and workshops at a growing number of locations throughout our service area. We will present a seminar or workshop for any VFW or American Legion Post, Assisted Living Facility, Religious Senior Ministry, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, bank or other financial institution, company, or association of any kind. We are also conducting seminars in our offices, and we are producing videos for the Internet and DVD's. Please contact our office for seminar and workshop schedules to discuss any of these opportunities or to make an appointment with J. Anthony Bradley to discuss the details privately.
One of only a few VA Accredited Attorneys in the Mid-South, J. Anthony Bradley, is able to help qualified war period veterans and their spouses acquire this valuable benefit. Group seminars and private sessions on the subject make the qualification process easy to understand for both veterans and their caregivers. As a VA Accredited Attorney, J. Anthony Bradley takes a comprehensive approach that ensures the Claimant is protected - not just their money. He is trained in managing the complexities associated with the veteran's VA Aid and Attendance Pension qualification process while protecting them from financial hardships in other areas.
With an office in Germantown, Tennessee, the Bradley Law Firm PLLC assists clients with Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Special Needs Planning, Conservatorships & Guardianships, Probate and Estate Administration, Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Self-Directed IRA's, VA Pension Planning, VA Service-connected Disability Pensions (including Agent Orange and Nehmer Claims), Self-directed IRA’s, Commercial Real Estate and Residential Real Estate, Social Security Disability Insurance, and Supplemental Security Income cases throughout the Memphis area, West Tennessee, North Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. The Firm is also licensed in Kentucky.