Philadelphia Area Aid & Attendance Benefits for Veterans
Serving King of Prussia, Springfield and Bala Cynwyd Areas
Understanding the Opportunities with Aid & Attendance Benefits
What is Aid & Attendance?
Aid and Attendance pension benefits are additional veterans’ benefits available to wartime veterans who need the aid and attendance of another to meet their daily needs. Aid and Attendance is a “special monthly pension” available to wartime veterans or surviving spouses of wartime veterans. Aid and Attendance is not actually a stand-alone benefit. Rather, it is an additional allowance that a veteran or surviving spouse who is already entitled to certain VA pension benefits (because of his or her wartime service and non-service-connected disability) may additionally be entitled to upon meeting certain medical and financial requirements. Aid and Attendance differs from compensation, which is available to all veterans who suffer from a service-connected disability.
A veteran or surviving spouse (called a claimant by the VA) must first be eligible for what the VA refers to as regular pension. Regular pension is available when a wartimeveteran (one with 90 days of active duty, and at least one day beginning or ending during a period of War) has limited income and assets and suffers from a non-service-connected permanent and total disability. In some circumstances, being over the age of 65 may qualify a claimant without the need to show a disability.
Permanent and total disability includes a claimant who is:
- In a nursing home;
- Determined disabled by the Social Security Administration;
- Unemployable and reasonably certain to continue so throughout life
- Suffering from a disability that makes it impossible for the average person to stay gainfully employed.
If you are a military veteran, contact Veterans Benefits attorney Dahlia Robinson today to discuss what benefits you and your family may qualify for.
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