in 2020 a maximum monthly benefit is $2,266 for married veterans, $1,912 for single veterans, $1,230 for surviving spouses and $3,032 for two married veterans. You must require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication monitoring or other various activities of daily living. This benefit is available to individuals who reside in their own home, a residential care home, assisted living community and nursing homes. There are income and asset eligibility requirements. You do not need to be retired military or have a service-related disability to qualify. The VA estimates that only about 4% of the Veterans know of this benefit and have applied. Please help us spread the word. Feel free to share this website and the materials on this page to a Veteran family.
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What are the Qualifications?
How to Determine Eligibility:
Eligibility is determined by several factors including period of war, the need for care, income, and assets.
There is a maximum amount of assets and income you may have in order to receive the benefit. Assets such as your house, vehicle and household furnishings are excluded assets. Net worth includes assets in bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and property other than a primary residence and vehicle. On October 18, 2018, the VA established a 3-year look-back period for transfer of assets. Up until the effective date, there has been no hard limit to the asset threshold allowed. Rather, the VA has been taking in account the veteran's age, life expectancy and care expenses. With recent changes the net worth limit beginning 12/1/2019 is $129,094.
The VA look-back period of 3 years is similar to Medicaid's look-back of five years. During this "look-back" the VA will check to insure that no assets were given away, or sold under fair market value. If they find any such transfers, there will be a period of pension ineligibility. Please note that transfers made prior to 10/18/2018 do not violate this new look back rule. Another exception is if the applicant transferred assets, but never had assets in excess of the $129,094 limit.
Another new rule that may impact one's eligible is annual income (after the deduction of unreimbursed medical expenses) will be added to net worth. For example, let's say a veteran has $15,000 annual income after deducting eligible medical expenses, and has assets in the amount of $100,000. In this example, $15,000 in income would be added to the $100,000 in assets, giving a total of $115,000 in net worth for the applicant.
If one's assets are above $129,094, it's strongly recommended you consult with a planner prior to application.
Aid & Attendance (Financial Benefit)
This benefit is for War-time Veterans and Surviving Spouses to help with the cost of eldercare. It's referred to as "Aid & Attendance". We have provided current information as well as the needed forms (at the bottom of the page). However, we recommend you get the guidance of a trusted advisor before applying.
What Fees You Can Expect:
Professionals may charge a planning or assessment fee, however, no one, not even an attorney can charge you to assist with the preparation of your claim. Life Resources Group provides you with options of working with a funding advisor, referring you to an appropriate resource, or you can do it yourself. The advantage of working with a specialist is getting it right the first time. This benefit can take 6-12 months to get approved. If your application is incomplete, this process can take even longer and you may be denied the benefit. Our specialty is funding your eldercare and we typical uncover other means of funding your eldercare. See Funding Eldercare page for additional resources.
NEWS! The VA has announced a 3-year “look-back” period and penalties for transfers commonly used in planning for Veterans benefits.
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COMMENTS FROM FAMILIES WE HELPED:
Our family was previously denied this benefit and we were baffled that the VA declined us on income alone when our bills for Larry's care was over $8000 a month! We found your organization based on a referral from an assisted living place we were considering. Within four months, we had a check for $25,440 from the VA for back-payment and continue to receive $2120 each month for Larry's care. We cannot thank you enough and cannot express in words what this has meant for our family. God Bless! Sincerely, Liz R. St. Paul, MN
Thank you so much for your help. I wouldn't have known where to begin. My advisor worked with me and all I had to do was find a few documents and sign papers. Soon after, I was approved for the survivor benefit. This money has made the difference in getting the care I need at home. I would recommend your services to anyone. Also, thank you for the referral of the home-care agency. I really appreciate everything you've done for me. Joanne T. Amery, WI
It's comforting knowing there are still honest people that truly want to help. Ray B, Stillwater, MN