Did you know? Veterans are eligible for benefits

Program offers financial help to meet daily needs for former service members and spouses.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 15, 2013
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Veterans are eligible for benefits

Veterans are eligible in a benefit program to receive money to help with daily needs.

As part of the Veterans Administration's Aid and Attendance program, veterans are eligible for up to $1,732 a month and a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,113 a month. A veteran with a spouse is eligible for $2,054 a month and a veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,360 a month.

The money can be spent on help from another person to assist in eating, bathing, undressing and medication dosing. It can also be spent on individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity.

It will pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility, said Don Soard, a volunteer with Operation Veteran Aid in Oklahoma City.

This is a pension benefit and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation.

“Very few veterans and widows know about this,” Soard said. “The paperwork is confusing.”

The Aid and Attendance benefit is considered to be the third tier of the Veteran's Administration's Improved Pension. The other two tiers are basic and housebound. Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications.

The Aid and Attendance money is not a new benefit, and has in fact been an entitlement since 1952, Soard said.

To learn more...

For more information, go to www.veteranaid.org, or call 703-3849.

DIANA BALDWIN, STAFF WRITER


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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