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Veterans' Aid and Attendance Pension s

VA Aid and Pension Help

Most people are aware that there are certain health care options available to veterans of the United States armed forces through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). What many may not realize, however, is that VA benefits are not reserved only for the brave men and women who were wounded or disabled during their service. One such benefit is called the Aid and Attendance benefit, and it is available to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who may be facing costs associated with long-term care, whether at home, in a nursing home, or an assisted living facility.

At Otte & Czajkowska, LLC, we have great respect for military veterans, and we appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the service of our country. Our experienced elder law attorneys are proud to assist aging veterans and their families as they seek the care they need.

Understanding the Aid and Attendance Benefit

The VA's Aid and Attendance benefit is considered a "special monthly pension" that is available to those who served during wartime and the surviving spouses of wartime veterans. To be eligible for Aid and Attendance, the veteran or spouse must be eligible for the VA "service" benefit or the "housebound" benefit. The service benefit is available to veterans who served at least 90 days of active military duty, with at least one day served during a recognized wartime, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the ongoing conflict in the Persian Gulf region. A veteran or spouse with a disability that confines him or her to the "immediate premises" may be eligible for the housebound benefit.

The Aid and Attendance pension may be granted to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who require help from another person to perform functions of everyday living, such as eating, bathing, or using the bathroom. Those who are visually impaired, bedridden, or in a nursing home due to a mental or physical disability may also be eligible.

Benefit Planning Services in Elmwood Park

At Otte & Czajkowska, LLC, we realize that the Department of Veterans Affairs takes into account many different factors when determining eligibility for Aid and Attendance. The applicant's income and assets are considered, along with age, life expectancy, and medical expenses. Our attorneys are fully up to date on the VA guidelines and can help conduct a full analysis of your situation. We will also help you determine your eligibility for Medicaid and develop strategies for protecting your assets.

It is important to keep in mind that federal law requires anyone assisting with a VA claim or application to be accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs General Counsel. Attorney Michael A. Otte is proud to have received this accreditation, and he is ready to help you and your family seek the benefits you deserve.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one is a wartime veteran or the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, contact our office for guidance regarding your Aid and Attendance eligibility. Call 773-631-7100 for a confidential consultation today. Our firm serves veterans and their families throughout Illinois and the northwest side of Chicago, including the neighborhoods of Jefferson Park, Elmwood Park, Edgebrook, Edison Park, Harwood Heights, Niles, and Lincolnwood.

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