With Memorial Day just around the corner, we wanted to highlight the service we provide for our nation’s Veterans: VA Aid & Attendance.
Our founding attorney, Sandra Perez Ard, is the daughter of an American Veteran. She saw there was very little guidance for her father when navigating the Department of Veteran Affairs and has dedicated herself to serving aging and disabled Veterans and their families. The team at Ard Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to helping our nation’s Veterans as they age by helping them achieve peace of mind, while accessing the medical care they need.
What is Veterans Aid & Attendance?
Veterans Aid & Attendance (VA A&A) is an increased monthly pension to supplement the income of wartime Veterans. This program is offered to aging and disabled Veterans and their spouses.
What can Aid & Attendance be used for?
- Assisted Living
- Incontinence Supplies
- Medical Equipment
- Hearing Aids
VA A&A Application Process
There is a lot of paperwork involved in applying for Veterans Aid & Attendance and we are here to help you keep track of it all. Of course, it all starts with your DD214 so be sure to get your hands on that first and we’ll go from there.
There are 5 main tests to ensure an applicant is eligible to qualify for VA Aid & Attendance:
- Active Duty Wartime Vet or Widow
- WWII: 12/7/1941 - 12/31/1946
- Korea: 06/27/1950 - 01/31/1955
- Vietnam: 08/05/1964 - 05/07/1975 *more dates if served in country
- Persian Gulf: 08/02/1990 - present
- Medical Need (directly from the Department of Veteran Affairs) “If you meet one of the conditions below:
- You require help performing daily functions, which may include bathing, eating, or dressing.
- You are bedridden.
- You are a patient in a nursing home.
- Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric concentration of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.”
- “Countable Income” is all income to Veteran and spouse, including, including social security, pension, interest on financial accounts, annuities, and RMDs on retirement accounts.
- The limit on “countable assets” changes every year but it includes all financial accounts and cash value life insurance as well as retirement investment accounts.
- 3 Year Look-back period
- This look-back period involves your finances. Have you made any large gifts in the last 3 years? This can affect your financial eligibility.
Because we Care
Our attorneys attend training in order to stay up to date on the law and best practices when navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sandy Perez Ard has also taken the steps to become accredited with the VA, ensuring that we can submit appeals and complaints on your behalf throughout the application process.
We care about our nation’s Veterans and will work hard to get you and your loved ones all that you deserve. When you work with us to get your entitled benefits, the benefits come directly to you and your family, giving you full control. Which allows you to decide who you want to use as caregivers or what assisted living facility you want to live at.
Over the past decade, we’ve helped many aging Veterans and their spouses in Texas keep their homes and afford assisted living. At Ard Law Firm, PLLC, we’ve learned how best to navigate the application process to ensure that everything works out smoothly for you and your family’s needs. Call today to schedule your FREE consultation 713-429-0218 or mark your calendars for July 22nd and hear VA-Accredited attorney, Sandra Perez Ard, share her decade's worth of wisdom: https://tinyurl.com/ynhev7hb