If you’re a member of the U.S. Armed Services who fought in the Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf War, you may be somewhat familiar with a special benefits program called Aid and Attendance. The benefits from this program may help you (or someone you love) pay for healthcare assistance and critical essentials such as medical aides, roofers who can fix your leaky roof, and nutritious food and groceries to make life easier.
Unfortunately, the Aid and Attendance (A&A) program’s rules can be fearsomely complicated and confusing. For instance, if you make more than a certain amount a year — or if you have too many assets — you might not qualify.
So what can you do to maximize your chances of qualifying for Aid and Attendance and to stay in control of your health, finances, and future?
This article series aims to answer that big question. This is not a legal primer but rather a guide to help you understand the basics of A&A, so that you know what to expect and can advocate for yourself efficiently and effectively.
When you confront a serious injury or illness, you may not have the time and energy to pore through complex documents and translate legalese (or military-ese) into plain language.
While this guide cannot substitute for assistance from a VA accredited attorney, by the end of it, you should feel much more comfortable with what to expect from the program.
Here is how the article series will be presented:
Section 1: Aid and Attendance Basics
Think of this as “A&A 101” – an introductory class. We will go over the basic terminology and cover the qualification rules regarding income, assets, active duty, honorable discharge and beyond. We’ll reveal common mistakes that veterans and their families make regarding A&A benefits and teach you how to avoid them. We will also raise and answer frequently asked questions about the program.
Section 2: Guide to Coordinating Your Life While Managing A&A Challenges
One of the reasons you’re seeking A&A benefits is that you need resources to manage diverse challenges in your life. These can range from logistical (e.g. how to handle your business or take care of dependents while overwhelmed, sick, or low on assets) to emotional, social, and physical. If you’re disorganized, depressed, or struggling to find a financial vision, this section will provide useful strategies and tips in the context of your quest for A&A benefits. For instance, we’ll discuss how to live off of a small budget, how to reorganize your household and feel less overwhelmed, and how to be assertive when you go to the doctor.
Section 3: Finding and Working With a VA-Accredited Attorney
This short chapter will prepare you for locating and working effectively with a qualified lawyer to handle your benefits case.
No matter where you are in the process, you can reclaim your dignity, clarity, and peace of mind. We hope this short series of posts will be a useful resource for you on your journey. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our VA accredited attorneys, if you have any questions or concerns.
Call Horacio Sosa, P.A. today at 954-532-9447 to schedule a free consultation about your Aid and Attendance benefits case.