BY DR. LOUIS ALPERT
Ombudsman Alert recently attended a seminar conducted by Bright View Senior Living and Amada Senior Care which discussed a pension largely unknown to war-time veterans. This pension, called the “Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension,” enables certain of these veterans who meet specific criteria to collect a substantial pension to help cover necessary home care or assisted living expenses.
The relatively unknown existence of this pension greatly surprised the war-time veterans who attended this seminar, since none of them had ever heard of it! The Ombudsman Alert will now present an overview of the benefits of this pension and the criteria which must be satisfied for collecting it:
2018 MAXIMUM BENEFITS AMOUNTS
Surviving Spouse, $1,176 monthly($14,112 annually)
Single Veteran, $1,830 monthly($21,960 annually)
Married Veteran, $2,169 monthly($26,028 annually)
2 Veterans Married, $2,903 monthly($34,836 annually)
ELIGIBLE DATES OF MILITARY SERVICE IN WHICH THE VETERAN MUST HAVE SERVED 90 DAYS OF ACTIVE DUTY WITH AT LEAST ONE DAY DURING PERIOD OF WAR
World War 2-December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946
Korean War- June 27, 1950-January 31, 1955
Vietnam War-February 28, 1961-May 7, 1975 And August 5, 1964-May 7, 1975
WHAT THE PENSION CAN BE USED FOR
In-home care givers, assisted living communities, nursing home/skilled care, board and care residences, and adult day care.
THE FOUR POINTS OF AID AND ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY
1. Military service as described above
2.Personal care needs-veterans must currently require assistance from another person with at least two daily living activities, which includes eating, bathing, dressing and cognitive impairment
The income and assets criteria are best explained by an experienced, knowledgable VA expert such as Logan Outerbridge from Amada Senior Care who has offered to explain those criteria to any of our War-Time Veteran readers who really needs help at this time to determine if he or she is eligible for receiving this pension or how to become eligible to receive this pension.
Logan may be reached at [email protected]
or by calling him directly at (201)-431-7575. Logan will offer this help with no obligation on the part of the veteran seeking this help.
Ombudsman Alert hopes that this information will greatly benefit the War-Time Veterans who qualify for this Pension but were not previously made aware of its very existence!