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I know a vet that is 71 and 100%. His wife has had strokes, cancer etc...can hardly walk and can`t even bathe herself. Can`t he get payment for that for her care?

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My wife receives A&A from the VA (non veteran) at $136/mo. Housebound is not available if the veteran is alive, only A & A. Housebound may be added to DIC only. Use the standard 21-2680 (attached) for A & A. The civilian doctor files in the form in the same as if the applicant were the veteran, even though she is not a veteran.

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The veteran needs to be 30% or higher service connected for their spouse to receive A & A (aid & attendance). It starts out at $40 per month if 30% and increases to $136 at 100% service connected. VA Form 21-2680 that "Rich T" posted is an excellent form to apply. It was actually so good to use the VA stopped printing it. (However, you can/should use this form). VA Form 21-2680 asks all the appropriate questions for your spouse (you) to receive the A&A money. I was told a few years back by a VA Hearing Officer, to us the 21-2680 form if I could get one--as the Hearing Officer said it tells them exactly what they need to know to approve the benefit. *Please emphasize to your spouse's physician to PLEASE answer each and every question as complete as possible--noting use of wheelchairs,walkers, oxygen, balance problems, if they are allowed to drive, if they need help bathing, dressing/undressing, help to & from doctor, or any help with taking medications, etc. Please understand that if appoved for A&A , what you receive is just additional money on your VA Compensation---The VA does not come to the house or send some agency there to take care of the spouse. I hope this is of some help.

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