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For the past decade, the AAWV has taken great pride in educating veterans and their relatives about the existence of the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance pension plan, a hugely significant factor in the lives of thousands of American families. The plan seeks to honor and assist those who sacrificed and risked so much to represent their country in its time of need by allowing them a greater degree of financial security. For veterans over the age of 65, the Aid and Attendance pension can make all the difference. If your health declined as a result of your time spent in combat through the influence of a disease or an injury you probably already qualify for the Department of Veteran Affairs’ “compensation benefit,” a program which ensures that those who were harmed in battle will have enough capital to adequately treat their problems. However, the DVA had no interest in stopping there. It has long been their goal to look out for the wellbeing of all veterans. As such, the Aid and Attendance plan was created to ensure that those soldiers who might be having difficulty later in life would be taken care of.
What is the Aid and Attendance Program?
Basically, the Aid and Attendance plan seeks to ensure that veterans over the age of 65 are able to endure the financial strain that often comes late in life due to the influence of various medical issues. It endeavors to help those veterans who have become disabled in some way following the conclusion of their military service. Those who qualify will receive aid on a monthly basis to assist with medical expenses.
Benefits of the Program
- A veteran without a dependent is granted almost $20,800 a year, or approximately $1,730 dollars a month.
- Those with a dependent earn slightly less than $4,000 more a year.
- If two veterans happen to be married, they will receive about $600 more a month.
- Finally, the DVA also acknowledges and seeks to assist the spouses of veterans who have tragically passed. Through this plan, military widows can take in more than $1,110 in additional capital per month, or more than $13,360 a year.
This is the kind of money that can change a life, perhaps ease the weight of a great burden, and the DVA couldn’t be prouder to offer it.
Restrictions to the Aid and Attendance Program
- To qualify for the Aid and Attendance plan, the veteran must be over the age of 65 or be totally disabled.
- They must have served in the active military for no less than 90 consecutive days, though only one of those days is required to have fallen during an official period of wartime.
- Those who received dishonorable discharges need not apply.
- Veterans most likely to qualify are those who need regular care due to ongoing issues.
We Are Here to Help
There is, in the end, no absolute guaranteed path to eligibility. However, if you do qualify for the Aid and Attendance plan the support can be immensely helpful. If you think you might be a candidate, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs today or utilize the resources made available to you by the AAWV to be sure. In the end, we all want what is best for our veterans and their brave families.
We at the AAWV have been honored to assist tens of thousands of families in finding their way to the Aid and Attendance plan. We know what a difference a little help can make. If you or a loved one has selflessly served their country it is only fair that their country should return the favor. We offer seminars and resource materials concerning the specifics of the plan and those who might be eligible, so contact us today to learn more. We’re here to assist you. It’s our way of showing our immense appreciation.