Arkansas VA Benefits Qualifications
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General Qualifications for Non-Service Connected Aid and Attendance
Veteran, Widowed Spouse, and Dependent or Disabled Child (Any May be a Claimant)
How long do I need to have served in the military in order to qualify for Veteran's Aid and Attendance?
Veteran Must have Served at Least Ninety Days Active Duty with One Day of the Ninety During a Qualified War Period (Ninety Days Must Generally be Consecutive, with Some Exceptions)
Can I qualify for Non-Service Connected Aid and Attendance if I have been discharged?
Veteran Must have had an Other than “Dishonorable” Discharge
What role does a veteran's physician have in qualifying for aid?
The Veteran's Physician Must Declare Him/Her as Housebound and in Need of Assistance from another Individual, Which May Include Services Offered by Assisted Living
What assets can I have and still qualify for aid?
Claimant Should have Limited Household Assets; Excluding Primary Home, Car, and Personal Belongings (If Assets are Jointly Owned by Other than Spouse, Only the Claimant’s Share is Generally Countable. In the Case of a Married Veteran, Both His/Her Assets are Countable. There is No Longer a Current Asset Cap, Per Se. The VA Now Considers the Claimant’s Life Expectancy in Determining how Much a Claimant can Have. In the Case of Assets Over $50k, It May be Best to Consult an Elder Law Attorney. One Should Never Transfer Assets without the Proper Legal/Professional Advice)
What do my medical expenses need to be in order to qualify for Veteran's Aid?
Claimant’s Household Out-of-Pocket Yearly Medical Expenses Must Exceed or Come Close to His/Her Total Yearly Household Gross Income (Total Yearly Cost of Assisted Living is Typically Considered a Medical Expense)
Can a veteran's widowed spouse qualify for benefits?
The widowed spouse Must have been Married to the Veteran for at Least One Year, OR have had Children by the Veteran if Married Less than One Year, and Never Remarried (with Possibly One Very Rare Instance)
The widowed spouse Must have been Living with the Veteran at the Time of the Veteran’s Death, Unless the Separation was Due to Medical or Military Reasons (There May be Some Exceptions Related to Separations Due to Abuse)
Can a veteran's children qualify for benefits?
Minors or Disabled Adult Children May Qualify for Limited Benefits on Their Own
2009 Maximum Pension Rates for Aid and Attendance (A&A)
- Single Veteran $1,644.00 Per Month or $19,736.00 Per Year
- Married Veteran $1,949.00 Per Month or $23,396.00 Per Year
- Widowed Spouse $1,056.00 Per Month or $12,681.00 Per Year
Veteran Married to Veteran (Both A & A) $2,540.00 Per Month or $30,480.00 Per Year
Once Awarded Aid and Attendance or Housebound Status, a Veteran May Obtain Free Medications, Medical Equipment, Incontinence Supplies, Glasses, and Hearing Aides from the VA Hospital/Clinic via U.S. Mail Without Going to the VA Clinic or Hospital. A Separate Application Must be Made Through the Health Care System.
**Note: Each VA Claim is Unique and the Above Criteria is Generic in Nature and May Not be Applicable to Each Claimant. There are Never Any Guarantees that Any Claim or Specific Benefit Amount will be Awarded.