By Brian G. Quinn
“ATTENTION VETERANS: Qualifying Veterans May Receive Up to $23,396* per year to help pay for Home Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Adult Day Services, etc.” said an advertisement in a recent addition of the local newspaper. This advertisement was talking about a little known benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs known as the VA Pension with Aid and Attendance.
As an elder law attorney who is an accredited attorney with the VA, I have seen how the benefit can help families who are facing a long term care crisis. In fact, my grandfather is a recipient of the VA benefits. The benefit is available to both qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses. This program is designed to supplement the income of elderly and/or disabled veterans who gave up career opportunities to serve their country during a time of war. […]