Understanding the Veterans Benefits
Understanding Veterans benefits can be difficult. Not only do forms need completed, you must
choose a plan. There are also many legal considerations. Let our attorney assist you with this
challenging process. Find out what information you need for application, what benefit suits
your individual needs, and how pension is calculated.
What Information will I Need to Apply?
There is much information to be gathered and prepared when applying for Veterans benefits.
Our attorneys have compiled a list of documents that are necessary, as well as some VA and
Government Forms that you will need. Let our legal team assist you with this daunting task.
This is a list of some of the documents and forms you will need:
Discharge/Separation Papers (DD-214)
Copy of Marriage Certificate (surviving spouses)
Copy of Death Certificate (surviving spouses)
Copy of current Social Security Award Letter
Prove of Income (from retirement, pensions, investments, annuities)
Net Worth (CDs, trusts, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, annuities)
What is Aid and Attendance?
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension offers benefits for veterans and the spouses of surviving
veterans. Such assistance includes help bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting. To qualify for
Aid and Attendance, your physician must establish that you require daily assistance for
activities of daily living. Assisted care in a daily living facility also qualifies. This pension can
provide up to $1,704 per month to a veteran or $2,019 per month for a veteran and his spouse.
Our attorney is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in helping veterans and their
loved ones obtain these benefits.
What are Disability Pension and Death Pension?
Disability Pension and Death Pension are disability income VA programs available for the
surviving spouses of deceased veterans or the veterans themselves. To qualify for these
services, the veteran must have served on active duty for at least 90 days with one of those
days during a war period. While service combat is not a requirement, only veterans who served
during wartime qualify.
What is Compensation?
Another veteran benefit is Compensation. The Compensation benefit is for Veterans who are
disabled because of illnesses or injuries incurred while on active duty. It is important to note
that a veteran cannot receive Compensation and Pension at the same time. Our attorneys can
assist you in choosing which benefit is better for you and your spouse.
How is Pension Calculated?
There are several different maximum benefit amounts available, based on whether the award is
for Veteran with a spouse or dependent child, the single surviving spouse of a deceased
Veteran, and a single Veteran. The benefits for each of these three sections are further
segmented in three levels of MAPR income. This income depends on whether you are
housebound or if you qualify for aid and attendance. Let our attorney’s help you get the
Veteran benefits that you deserve.
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