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Aid & Attendence



Greetings to all,

a couple of weeks ago I received a letter from my VARO informing me that I qualify for A&A. I needed a letter from my wife and from my primary VA doctor. I got my Dr.s letter the same day and faxed them both to the VARO. NOw they told me yesterday that my claim is now with attendence & DIC. What is attendence and DIC? the VARO rep didn't even know why my file was there.

I am currently 100% T&P +SMC (Level 18 what ever that means)

I have 5 dependents. How much is aid and attendence? and what should I expect from the VARO in this issue? I do thank you all and God bless.


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this is a good one- attendance and DIC?

Level 18? never heard that before either- it could be your dependency code?

I suggest-you contact your VARO via the VA Query system at their web site-ask for an email reply instead of a phone call-

We cannot even make a guess on the retro at this point.

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For pay purposes the VA uses codes as numers to classify the various pays. (see M21-1 part 1 appendex B section Xii) The 18 code is "L 1/2". That means regular A&A plus another 50% because of (CFR 3.350 (p) (3), <thus the additional 1/2 level>. If that is your rating your pay would be $3,363 for veteran, spouse and one child. You would add $68 for each child under 16, and $215 for each school aged child over 18. If they are attending higher education then they are dropped from your compensation and awarded their own DEA Chapter 35 and ChampVA.

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Dear Rich,

Thank you for your response. When I received this letter from the VARO they informed me that I qualify for A & A. I called the VA today (again) she informed me that I currently do not receive A&A. I do not quite understand the VA. If i am rated at code 18. Then am I getting paid for A&A? Thank you Rich, and our God bless and keep you.


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