A veterans’ benefits attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle provides assistance to veterans living in Michigan’s shoreline communities so veterans can get the care they require and enhance their quality of life. As veterans get older, often their need for care and support increases. The Veterans’ Administration provides a wide variety of different benefits, with eligibility based on a number of different factors including service record, income and health status.
One of the benefits that could be most valuable to veterans who are getting older is Aid & Attendance. Aid & Attendance benefits are available both to housebound veterans and to veterans who require help from another person to do routine activities of daily living. These benefits provide an additional monthly payment to eligible veterans which is paid in addition to a veteran’s standard monthly benefits.
How do Aid & Attendance Benefits Work?
Aid & Attendance benefits increase the pension which is provided to an eligible veteran if the veteran meets certain specific criteria. These benefits can be provided if:
- The veteran needs help from someone else to bathe, feed himself, dress himself, adjust prosthetic devices, attend to basic personal needs like using the bathroom, or stay safe from hazards in his environment.
- The veteran is bedridden because his condition prevents him from getting out of bed for reasons other than simply a prolonged period of rest.
- The veteran has a physical or a mental incapacity that has necessitated his move into a nursing home facility.
- The veteran’s eyesight in both eyes cannot be corrected to 5/200 visual acuity or better or the veteran’s eyesight has uncorrectable concentric contraction so his visual field is five degrees or less.
Eligible veterans may also be eligible for housebound benefits, which are an increased monthly pension added to a standard monthly pension in circumstances where a permanent disability makes it difficult or impossible for the veteran to leave his home.
Applying for Aid & Attendance Benefits
The process of applying to obtain Aid & Attendance benefits can be complicated, especially if you are bedridden, in a nursing home or if you are otherwise experiencing the types of limitations that make you eligible for these benefits. Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle will walk you through the application process if you are applying for benefits for yourself. We can also help family members who are applying on behalf of eligible veterans or who are assisting vets with the process of submitting their applications.
You can apply for Aid & Attendance benefits by writing to the Pension Management Center or by visiting the local regional VA office. You will need to include sufficient evidence in your application to demonstrate why you actually need and are entitled to receive these benefits. For example, you may wish to include a report from your attending physician which details whether you have an injury or illness that causes you to experience physical or mental impairments that limit your ability to care for yourself.
Your application should provide details about how well you are able to get around, regardless of whether you are applying for Aid & Attendance or Housebound benefits. You’ll need to provide information about what you do during the course of a typical day and will need to explain where you go on a regular basis. This information will be used by the Veterans’ Administration in order to determine if you are confined to your home and if you are impaired and limited to a substantial degree such that you are entitled to receive benefits.
Getting Help from A Veterans’ Benefit Attorney
A veterans’ benefit attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can provide invaluable help with determining what types of benefits you may be eligible for. Aid & Attendance is just one of many benefits that the VA offers to veterans and their families as they go through the aging process and begin to experience higher healthcare needs or begin to require help from caregivers.
We will work with you to understand all of the different programs and services that could be beneficial to you as you get older and we will help you through the benefits application process for any programs for which you are eligible.
To find out more about how a veterans’ benefit attorney can assist you in getting the benefits that you deserve, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today. Veterans living throughout Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline communities count on Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle to provide the assistance they need and we have proven our ability time and again to help our clients navigate the complex VA bureaucracy.