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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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A&A for veterans spouse? Any Veterans out there getting this?

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I think if a Veteran is rated 30% or more   his spouse would Quailfy for A&A assistance for compensation?

If a Veteran is 100% P&T  S.C. WITH SMC -S and unable to care for his totally disabled spouse  does this qualify for therm to apply for A&A

Anyone know for sure?

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What about a Vietnam vet who is P&T and needing help with daily living?  When does his spouse get care taker benefits? I remember asking the VA what if my spouse became totally disabled.  They told me to put her into a nursing home and admit myself as well.   I just don't know how it would work if your spouse is totally disabled and needs care with daily living tasks.  How is a 100% vet supposed to do that?

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I think its possible  for Vietnam Vets as well as the Gulf war veterans  depending on his S.C. Disablity and  his/herspouse is totally disabled .

but us Vietnam Veterans and their spouse are a lot older...but this is rated on the spouse disability not age  and the Veteran is not capable of being his spouse care giver...so the compensation would help pay for the spouse care giver   that the 100% p&t Vietnam Veteran can't cover.

were in that predicament.

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Well, buck, yes, according to the regulations.  This may help.

https://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/eligibility_aid_attendance_pension_benefit.htm

Also, read this:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp

In relevant part:

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Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

Importantly, "survivors benefits" ALSO go to the Vets spouse of a living Veteran, if he is 100 percent disabled.  (I may be able to find the source for this, but not right this second).  

Someone on hadit posted that they got money for A and A of a spouse.  It wasnt a whole lot, but more than a poke in the eye with a hot stick. 

Read the LAST LINE in these boxes, which explains "A and A for spouse":

https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/resources_comp01.asp

 

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 It seems like a lot to go through  just for a small amount ...we both need help  not so much me  but more  for my spouse  ,she is getting to where she can't walk and cook, feed herself  from weakness and her spine is like Mush so says the Dr's  but the A&A  would not cover the expense of a care giver.  care givers are expensive  they charge by the day  for 8 hrs at 100.00 bucks a day spouse is total disable according to the SSDI  that pays  her about 1000.month to her plus medicare  but medicare don't pay for extra help   unless she goes in a nursing home.  which she don't won't to have to go to one.

Thanks bronco

 

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I certainly agree that one could not provide "aid and attendance" for $156. per month.  

I think there may be AT least 3 possible Aid and Attendance programs.  

1.  I mentioned this one, above, already.    Just add this to yours, if your spouse needs A and A.  156 per month. https://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp

2.  If you are eligible for pension also, you may be able to get A and A pension for spouse.  https://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp

3.  Caregiver ACT.  https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2018/veterans-caregivers-new-program.html

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