LET OUR ACCREDITED VA ATTORNEYS HELP YOU
We help veterans and their families gain access to benefits from the VA that they would not have had access to without the help of a VA accredited attorney.
A large number of Americans who served our country during wartime are not taking full advantage of the financial support that is due to them. The Aid and Attendance Improved Pension Benefit gives veterans the opportunity to protect their life savings from being depleted by ever-increasing medical costs, the cost of assisted living, in home care, or nursing home care. While you struggle to provide dignified long term care for a veteran or surviving spouse, we can help you understand what the options are and how to access under-utilized benefits available to veterans.
WHAT BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE?
Benefits paid by the VA may exceed $25,000 annually. There are several factors that affect the amount that is paid out. It is recommended that you inquire about what your benefit may be prior to making an application. Call us to find out! Keep in mind that both the veteran and his or her surviving spouse may be eligible. Not just the veteran.
PHYSICAL AND DISABILITY REQUIREMENTS
The claimant must show that he or she requires the “aid and attendance” of another person in order to perform some of the basic activities of daily living. The medical evidence must be provided by a physician. Additionally, if the claimant resides in a facility, then the facility must also provide a letter stating that the individual resides in the facility because of the need for assistance with the activities of daily living.
THE VA DEFINES THE NEED FOR AID AND ATTENDANCE AS:
- Requiring the aid of another person to perform at least two activities of daily living, such as grooming, transferring, eating, bathing, dressing or toileting;
- Being blind or nearly blind.
- Being a patient in a nursing home.
The VA pension can be used for any type of care providers, including: in-home paid caregivers, personal care homes or assisted living facilities, adult day care or skilled nursing facilities.
How do I apply for benefits?
CALL US at (616) 365-5055
If you meet all the criteria for a service pension you still have to go through the application process.
The VA pension application is very long and asks for many pieces of supporting documentation: military discharge papers, bank statements, marriage certificates, divorce decrees and a lot more to prove your health status. Once the actual application is completed and filed the average approval time takes six to nine months. Fortunately, the benefit is retroactive to the month after the application is submitted.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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