Can My Spouse Receive Any of My Veterans Benefits During Or After My Lifetime?
There is a way for a veteran’s spouse to apply for help through the VA, but it is not through the Aid & Attendance program. Many people forget or are unaware that the Aid & Attendance benefit is actually made up of two components. There is one component which is considered Base Pension and another part which is considered Aid & Attendance. Because claims for benefits are always through the veteran (provided he or she is alive), a healthy vet cannot apply for a sick spouse through Aid & Attendance, but he or she can apply for Base Pension. This can be used to help offset large medical bills accrued by the spouse.
When considering any estate planning, Medicaid or VA planning, it is always a good idea to speak to an accredited VA attorney. He or she will be able to assist you through the application process and help you to avoid the pitfalls that come from a very complicate process. Having an ally that specializes in helping veterans navigate the system can improve your chances of a positive outcome in obtaining the benefits you have earned and now need.
At AlerStallings Law Firm we have 2 VA accredited attorneys on staff and we would love to help you and your loved one receive the benefits you earned with your service to our country. Please contact us with any of your VA, Medicaid, Estate Planning or probate needs.