VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION BENEFITS FOR ASSISTED LIVING AID & ATTENDANCE BENEFIT
The Department of Veteran Affairs offers a special benefit to war era veterans and their surviving spouses called Aid and Attendance. This is a tax-free benefit designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of care in an assisted living facility such as The Brook Retirement Communities.
The Aid & Attendance Benefit provides benefits for war era veterans and their surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in at least two of the daily activities of living such as eating, bathing, dressing and undressing, transferring and the needs of nature. Like Social Security, this pension is dependable and is paid directly to you by the Department of the Treasury.
- Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
- Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.
- A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.
- Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.
- Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA.
- Must be 65 years and older or totally disabled.
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ELIGIBLE PERIODS OF WAR
WORLD WAR II
December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.
June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive.
The period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases. (Note: From February 28, 1961 to Aug 4, 1964, vet must have boots on the ground.)
PERSIAN GULF WAR
August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.
WHERE TO GET HELP
It is always our recommendation to check with your CPA, Tax Accountant and/or Elder Law Attorney prior to making any financial decisions and be certain to involve your families as you gather information.
The Veteran’s Administration can be very helpful. We recommend that you contact the Detroit office at 1-800-827-1000. (Press 1 for touch tone, then 0 to access the Regional office. Ask for the Benefit Officer for Aid & Attendance Benefit Information.)
You can also contact your local Veteran Service Office, check with a Brook Retirement manager for details.