VA Benefits

With Veterans Day being this week I wanted to take a moment to shed some light on a problem that I have been facing a lot as an admissions coordinator here at Plum Landing. On a weekly basis I receive calls from seniors looking for information on senior housing and 9 times out of 10 they have been misinformed about veteran’s benefits, but more specifically the Aid & Attendance Benefit. Now I am not claiming to be an expert on the subject, but I have certainly done my homework and discussed this problem with VA officials. I have found that a lot of seniors are being misled by companies claiming that they can get them the Aid & Attendance benefit just because they are veterans. I would like to make this as clear as I can… Aid & Attendance is NOT a VA benefit, it is actually a level of care associated with the VA Pension benefit. In fact, the Aid & Attendance benefit is actually the highest tier you can receive in the veteran’s pension, and to qualify for the A&A benefit you must also meet certain health guidelines, which require a note from your doctor, among many other things.

I have attached a handout about VA Pensions that I received from the VA office in Kendall County. It outlines the pensions and some of the requirements that you must meet in order to qualify for each level of the pension.  va pension

Below are two links to articles that address some organizations that have been trying to cash in on war time vets, by promising them that they can get them the “Aid & Attendance Benefit,” but are really financial planners hoping that the veterans will not qualify for the pension and then hoping that they can sell them some other services. They are both a good read, especially if you have questions about any presentations you might have seen about the VA Benefits.

Taking Aim at Old Soldiers

Seminars target vets with unwise investments

by: Sid Kirchheimer | from: AARP Bulletin | October, 2010

War and fleece: shady financial planners and insurance brokers have found a rich target in America’s aging vets

by Andy Kroll

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