Changes To Aid & Attendance Benefits In 2023
Aid & Attendance defines a specific monthly financial benefit that certain wartime veterans can obtain. As a supplemental form of financial assistance that can be added onto a veteran or their surviving spouse’s VA pension, some prerequisites go along with obtaining this benefit.
As we usher in a new year, we also have to note adjustments in VA Aid & Attendance Benefit rates for 2023. The good news for veterans is that the rates are going up. Rates actually rose by 8.7%, to be exact.
For more information on Aid & Attendance and if you qualify for the added benefit, The Villages, Florida Aid & Attendance attorneys at Millhorn Elder Law Planning Group can help.
Aid & Attendance Benefits Updates for 2023
Not only will pension rates go up for veterans over 8%, but the Social Security Administration said that the cost of living would do the same. During this time of runaway inflation, increased pension benefits couldn’t be more welcomed or needed.
In specific, Aid & Attendance rates for the new year will look like this:
- A surviving spouse will be increased to $1,432 per month, which equals $17,184 for the year.
- A single veteran will see an increase to $2,229 per month, which comes out to $26,748 for the year.
- A married veteran will see an increase to $$2,642 per month, which comes out to $31,074 for the year.
- Two veterans that are married will see an increase to $3,536 per month, which comes out to $42,432 for the year.
There are qualifications that must be met for a veteran and their surviving spouse to get a VA pension. These include the following:
- The veteran must have served at least 90 days consecutively during a wartime period recognized by Congress. These would include:
- World War II
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- Gulf War
- The veteran must not have been dishonorably discharged.
The veteran must also have one of the following criteria to be true:
- Be age 65 or older.
- Suffer from a complete and permanent disability.
- Have a disability that requires nursing home care.
- Receive Social Security Disability Insurance.
- Receive Supplemental Security Income.
The wartime veteran’s surviving spouse must meet these qualifications:
- Have been married to a wartime veteran during specific conflicts recognized by Congress for at least one year.
- Still married to the veteran when they passed on.
- Did not remarry another person after their wartime veteran spouse passed on.
Aid & Attendance benefits can be a much-needed and helpful resource for veterans and spouses of specific wartime veterans that need extra support with everyday activities like eating or getting dressed, for example. Whether that be care that is given in the home, in an adult day care program, or in some type of long-term care facility, Aid & Attendance benefits can help shoulder the financial burden of paying for these necessary support services.
Speak to an Aid & Attendance Lawyer Today
You may be eligible for additional benefits from your time in the military that go beyond your pension. This could include Aid & Attendance benefits. For more information, please call the Florida long-term care planning attorneys at Millhorn Elder Law Planning Group today to schedule a free consultation at 800-743-9732.