Veterans can get extra help through Aid & Attendance benefits
San Antonio residents who are veterans that have served in the United States military may be eligible for a pension benefit known as Aid and Attendance.
Aid & Attendance is a little-known disability income benefit. It is specifically for veterans who require the aid and attendance of another person to help them with their daily life activities.
The Aid & Attendance benefit is paid in addition to a normal veterans pension. A veteran may be impacted from receiving Aid & Attendance if they exceed certain income guidelines. To qualify, one of the following conditions must apply:
You require the help of another person to perform personal functions such as bathing, eating, going to the bathroom, getting dressed, or other similar activities.
You are bedridden, requiring you to stay in bed apart from any convalescence activities.
You are a patient in a nursing home due to physical or mental challenges.
Your eyesight is a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes.
A related benefit is the Housebound benefit, which is added to a veteran’s monthly pension when they are substantially confined to their immediate premises because of a permanent disability.
While Aid and Attendance can provide several important benefits for veterans, sometimes the paperwork can be complicated. If this is the case, it may be wise to seek the assistance of an attorney who can help you in completing an application, ensuring you get all the benefits you are entitled to.
In any event, you will need to apply for Aid & Attendance or the Housebound benefit by contacting the Texas Pension Management Center or by visiting a regional benefits office to file a request.
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