Clark, NJ – Don’t Pay for Help to Complete the Aid and Attendance Benefit Application
When it comes to the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, the application isn’t really as complicated as it may sound at first. However, there are numerous organizations, firms, and individuals who advertise their assistance in filling out this application and charge money for their help.
Some unscrupulous financial and legal firms will charge several thousand dollars, up to $10,000, to help an aging veteran qualify for this pension program. Other groups promise to guarantee acceptance into the program, even though there is no guarantee that can be made. They make these guarantees as a way to sell their services in helping to fill out the application and submit it.
The Veterans Administration has made note that an individual could be denied any pension if they pay for help filling out the application. This is done in an effort to stem the tide of fraud and deception that exists with regard to various programs offered through the VA.
Veterans who require any type of care at home may be tempted to pay for help in filling out these applications. Perhaps they’re not sure if they would qualify, or they’ve heard that the waiting period is extensive and they might’ve seen an advertisement guaranteeing quicker results.
The average wait time to hear back on an application for Aid and Attendance is approximately nine months, according to the Veterans Administration. In some cases it can take up to a year or slightly longer. This is a significant delay in receiving important financial assistance to pay for home care for any veteran, regardless of age. That is one of the main reasons why it’s so tempting for some veterans to pay for assistance rather than submit it on their own and hope they get approved.
In truth, the application is not overly complicated. In order to qualify, the veteran will need to have served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one of those days would have to be during a time of active combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War. The veteran will not need to have served directly in a combat situation, though.
They also need to show a direct need for home care, usually in the form of a doctor’s recommendation. The veteran will need to have been honorably discharged from their service and for seniors 65 and over, they would not need to have been disabled during their service, but for any veteran under 65 their disability would have to have been the direct result of their time of service.
If the veteran believes he or she would qualify for this pension, contact their local VA representative to receive an application and begin filling it out. Avoid paying for help as this could cause more problems than it’s worth.
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