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Veteran's Aid and Attendance Planning

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a special pension for Veterans and Widows of Veterans called the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension. This pension can provide thousands of tax-free dollars a year to help pay for the high costs of long-term care expenses (defined under the VA as unreimbursed medical expenses).

J.S. Burton has Accredited Attorneys appointed with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is authorized to prepare, present and prosecute claims in order to qualify you for benefits. The firm serves clients throughout eastern Virginia. 

Veteran's Pension Amount

A Veteran or the Widow of a Veteran may qualify for a special pension, the amount of which varies depending on the Claimant’s marital status (married, single, widowed).

For 2021, the maximum monthly pension award for those qualifying for Aid & Attendance is:

  • Surviving Spouse of a Veteran: $1,244.
  • A veteran with no Spouse or dependent children: $1,936.
  • A married couple where the Veteran requires care: $2,295.
  • A veteran is healthy but Spouse requires care, Veteran qualifies for Income Improvement Pension: $1,520.


Rules for Veteran's Benefit Qualification

There are two levels of qualification. The Claimant must meet both levels of qualification. The first test is based on facts that cannot be changed (time in service, type of discharge, etc.). However, the second level allows for the claimant to make changes in order to meet the requirements. Those changes include reducing annual income and increasing recurring monthly medical expenses just to name a few.

First Level of Benefit Qualification

  1. The veteran must have served 90 consecutive days on active duty.
  2. The veteran must not have received a dishonorable discharge.
  3. The veteran must have served at least 1 day of active duty during a war period. There is no requirement that any service be performed in a combat zone.
  4. The Widow must not have divorced the Veteran or remarried after the Veteran’s death.
  5. The Claimant must be determined to need assistance with various daily living activities.

Second Level of Benefit Qualification

  1. The household cannot have more than the Allowable Countable Assets determined by the Veteran's Administration.
  2. The adjusted Household Income must be less than the VA Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension Benefit. Although this income test is a complicated one, an experienced attorney can assist you through the process.

In order to qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension your countable assets must be below the threshold limits and your income must meet the VA test. With proper legal planning, the Veteran or the Veteran’s Widow can qualify for A&A Pension moneys and other assistance, while preserving family assets. The pension has made a major financial difference in the lives of many veterans and their surviving widows struggling with the costs of long-term care. J.S. Burton, P.L.C.has successfully obtained pension awards for many families and offers a free consultation.

Veterans Benefit Attorney Virginia Beach Williamsburg

The attorneys of J.S. Burton have spoken to many national and local organizations and offers educational seminars concerning this pension. The practice serves clients throughout eastern Virginia. Please contact the attorneys of J.S. Burton, P.L.C. at (757) 301-9500 for a consultation today for seminar information.

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