Veterans deserve the honor and respect of every American. Whether they’re from Michigan or anywhere else in the country, they put themselves in harm’s way to defend and protect the freedoms Americans enjoy and hold so dear. Veterans injured in defense of the country should be given the best, most comprehensive medical care available. Fortunately there are programs for veterans designed to do just that. One of them is the Aid and Attendance Benefits. This program is specially designed to care for veterans that served during wartime and their surviving spouses who qualify medically and financially.
Who Is Eligible
Any veteran that has 90 days of active duty during a period when the country was at war is eligible for Aid & Attendance Improved Pension. The veteran’s spouse is also eligible if the marriage ended because the veteran died. Further, in order for either the veteran or their spouse to receive the improved pension they must qualify both financially and medically. If the veteran or their spouse is blind, mentally or physically challenged, require help eating, taking care of bodily functions, or live in a facility where they’re provided with assistance, they qualify.
In order to find out if they’re eligible for Aid & Attendance Improved Pension the veteran or their spouse must file the appropriate application for compensation or pension. The application must be accompanied by a copy of your separation papers or DD-214, a physician’s medical evaluation, a listing of your current medical issues, explanation of how it limits your net worth, net income, and a listing of the medical expenses they have to pay out of pocket. That’s necessary for them to qualify medically. Their assets, excluding their vehicles and their home, must be less than $80,000 for them to qualify financially.
Prove Medical Need
In order to qualify medically for the aid and attendance increased monthly pension, the veteran must:
•Require help to take care of everyday personal functions, protect them from environmental hazard, or using prosthetic devices.
•Be bedridden because of disability.
•Mental or physical incapacity makes them a nursing home patient.
•Both eyes have 5/200 vision or less, or a 5 degrees or less visual field.
The veteran or their spouse must include specific documents with their application. They include:
•Copy of Marriage Certificate
•Copy of current award letter from Social Security
•Net worth information
•Proof of all income
•Proof of medical expenses including medications, medication, and insurance premiums
•Physician statement on medical status, current diagnosis, prognosis, ability to travel unattended and care for self or a nursing home status form
Whether the veteran or their spouse lives in Michigan or anywhere else in the country, if they take these steps they’ll be told whether or not they qualify for the aid and attendance increased pension. Some veterans get a response in as little as 6 weeks especially if they’re over age 90. On average the qualification process takes 6 to 9 months.
If you are a veteran, or you have a loved one who is, and you’re looking for coverage and financial support, USA War Vet is here for you. Call us at 1-800-850-5504 or visit us at www.usawarvet.org to learn more.