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Veterans Aid & Attendance Gets New Eligibility Rules


Congress has passed a new Law "Preventing Crimes against Veterans Act of 2017" and "Veterans Care Financial Protection Act". The only problem is the VA employees are exempt. They commit more fraud by their lack of knowledge and bad advice. The VA defrauds veterans and their family by canceling the claim if there is no dependent regardless of how much the family has spend or lost caring for the veteran.

These are only proposed rules. They were proposed in 2015. The VA has no projected implementation dates for these changes.

We applied to the VA for A&A this past August 2017. My Mom passed away on January 28, 2018 and now the VA has closed her case. I have been told by our County VA officer that she wouldn't have qualified anyway because her income was too high, that she would have needed a number of medical expenses to decrease her income. However, she did have a Medicaid spenddown which did decrease her income beyond what this VA officer told us. Why wouldn't she have then qualified? Why did they submit her application if she wasn't going to qualify? If the VA hasn't approved her application, why shouldn't they have to prove that her application wouldn't have been approved and so we are not entitled to accrued benefits? What is this 21-601 VA form which can be submitted by families for accrued benefits? Any information or answers to my questions is extremely appreciated. I just find it absolutely unfathomable that, so many families like ours, who have spent hours and hours filling out that VA application, should now just be told the case is close because our Mom or Dad passed away. Our parents were depending on that money and to have it slip through our fingers -- almost without a care -- is something families are having to deal with and for what purpose -- there must be a way to secure these benefits -- our parents risked their lives while in the armed forces. There must be a way to help my family and all the other families whose parents have passed away before their applications have been approved.

Why are single veterans ineligiable for aide and attendance. Meaning they never married, have no spouse. This is descrimination.

Why can't I get my money made out to me

My mom and dad are divorced but she was with him when he served in Vietnam. She has tricare for life and gets 1/2 his retirement. Is she entitled to any of his VA benefits?

Unlike Forrest Gump, the movie starring Tom Hanks, the only combat my husband saw was fighting a dishonorable discharge for being awol in his bunk for 4 straight days, unable to appear for duty due to an undiagnosed disability, unknown at that time as aspergers/autism spectrum disorder.
He was ultimately honorably discharged. He served.

My disabled, low income, former U.S. Marine husband does not qualify for Aid & Attendance benefits because he did not serve at least one day in a war.

Please, he served...the country has been at war continuously since who knows when, but not a big enough war? Not an "Officially declared war?"

BTW, they took him with his 'disability' of autism/aspergers to serve. Reminds me of the movie with Tom Hanks.

No one knows. However, if they have not already applied for pension they most likely will be subject to the new rules when or if they go into effect.


Pretty much your correct. The implementation has been postponed to go over the proposed changes to make sure al i )are dotted and authority is proper.