Veterans and Spouses - Aid and Attendance Pension

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Jan 20, 2016

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The Aid and Attendance Pension was initiated by Congress in 1951 to ensure that senior Veterans and spouses could conserve retirement dollars by receiving a pension benefit for health related expenses.
Those that served the country deserve the benefits theyve earned to remain independent in their homes. The Aid and Attendance VA pension provides money to pay for assistance with everyday activities of daily living (ADLs). The pension is paid monthly to the Veteran or Widow to use at their discretion for the rest of their life. In five years this pension may provide up to $127,200, tax free, to help Veterans and their Widows pay medical expenses.
The basic requirements for the standard pension are:
1. Veteran at least 65 years of age (Widows can be any age)
2. Served active military for 90 days continuous
3. Served at least one day during a period of war
4. No dishonorable discharge
Individuals who exceed VA regulation asset limits may need the services of a VA Accredited Estate Attorney to receive the pension, while most veterans and widows will qualify without any attorney assistance. You do not need to be impoverished as this pension is not a welfare program.
The application is filed by Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) who are versed in the application process and whom also interact with the VA as your advocate. Financial Companies that specialize in assisting Veterans and Spouses with Home Care expenses can cover the in-home care costs prior to the pension starting, and will work with the Veteran to keep them enrolled for the duration of their lives. This private financial assistance program allows for care to begin within days of the application being fully submitted and before the VA determines eligibility, which can take up to 12 months. These financial services carry no risks, costs or obligations to Veterans or Widows.
This financial program has been reviewed by both the VA and the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs. It has been operating nationally for years and is now available in Utah! You served our country, claim your pension!
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Dr. Mark O. Bowman. Dr. Bowman is the owner of Home Care Assistance of Utah which provides high quality in-home care for seniors. He can be reached at 801-733-6100 or by email at mbowman@homecareassistance.com

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