Veterans Aid and Attendances Lawyer

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Many veterans are unaware of the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. The Aid and Attendance benefit is a component of the Veterans Administration’s “Improved Pension” that is designed to provide much-needed financial help to elderly veterans and their spouses.

What is Veteran’s Aid and Attendance?

The VA Aid and Attendance Program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and provides financial benefits to veterans and their surviving spouses. The benefit is available if the veteran or veteran’s spouse require a regular attendant to accomplish daily living tasks such as eating, bathing, undressing, taking medications, or so forth. The VA benefits are also available to veterans and veterans’ spouses who are blind, living in a nursing home due to physical or mental incapacity, or who are living in an assisted care facility. The Aid and Attendance benefit is not limited to veterans with service-related injuries.

Eligible Wartime Periods

Under current law, The Veterans Administration recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:

• World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
• World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
• Korean Conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
• Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
• Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)

If the veteran served 90 days active duty and one of those days was during a congressionally declared period of war, and received a discharge other than dishonorable discharge, then the veteran and their surviving spouse may be eligible for VA benefits.

Maximum Benefit Rates For The Aid And Attendance:

The amount a veteran or spouse will qualify to receive depends on a number of factors, including their marital status and whether or not they have dependents.

Veteran Family Status Basic Pension Benefit Household Benefit Aid & Attendance Benefit
Veteran with no dependents $12,868 $15,725 $21,446
Veteran with a spouse or child* $16,851 $19,710 $25,448
Surviving spouse / death pension $8,630* $10,548 $13,794
      *add $2,198 for each additional child

Michigan VA Attorney

If you are a veteran or a veteran’s spouse with a sick or disabled spouse that needs help with eating, bathing, undressing, or taking medications our VA Accredited may be able to help. This VA Benefit can potentially relieve the financial burden of obtaining the services you need, whether in your home, in the care of family or friend, in a nursing home, or in an assisted living home. We will guide you through the Veterans Administration’s complicated application process.

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Atlas Law, PLC serves all of Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Southeast Michigan. He can help you with your VA Benefits questions. If you need assistance with your day to day activities you may also consider Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefits.

We offer free consultations and flexible appointments to meet your needs, including weekends and after hours appointments.

We will even come to you!

To learn more about your options call our Michigan lawyers at (248) 773-5555.