You have probably heard the saying that timing is everything.
When it comes to receiving the VA Aid and Attendance Benefits, dates of service are very important.
What’s also important, and often overlooked, is the timing of when to submit a VA Application. Submitting your VA application at the wrong time can result in a denial of your claim. If you’re concerned about the timing of your VA application, don’t worry. We’ve done this many times and we know the right time to apply.
If you’d like us to help you figure out when to apply, call my office at (614) 798-9800 and let us help you explore the potential benefits.
Now, let’s make sure that you or your loved one qualifies for the correct dates of what the VA considers “wartime.” Remember, you or your loved one must have been honorably discharged, and must have served 90 consecutive days of active duty, including at least ONE DAY in one of the following time periods:
Official Dates for Periods of War
World War II:
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean War: June
27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975; February 28, 1961 if served in Vietnam
War: August 2, 1990 to [date not yet determined]
If you plan to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, you’ll need their discharge papers (commonly known as their DD-214). Any idea where to find them? Check the dates of both entering and leaving the service. Do the dates fall within the wartime dates that I listed above? In
addition, was the discharge honorable?
If you can’t locate your loved one’s discharge papers, you can request certified copies of them from the VA here. I recommend that you order at least two
certified copies so that if you later complete an application for benefits, you can submit one copy with the application and keep a copy for yourself.
Of course, if you want to jump right to the finish line, call my office at (614) 798-9800 and we’ll assist you in determining whether you or your loved one is eligible for
benefits… and just how much they might receive.