Just wanted to celebrate with some of you that will appreciate how much this means! My dad was just awarded the maximum (1758) per month Aid and Attendance after only 3 months!! He is 92 and the letter states first payment will be made in June and the reimbursement will occur "over time" (whatever that means, I don't care). I can now pay his ALA bill! He is 92, so there is a special request they put in... word of advise..i did go directly to the veterans dept to do this. An insurance salesman tried to sell me something but I caught on at the last minute and was able to find out the truth, which is DONT buy insurance. Don't pay for help to get this special "war soldiers" benefit!
I would have to give up my Medicaid and get Insurance and File . in order to get paid. How much is to be determined ?? We're in our 70's. and new to this area about 6 yrs. know noone . have 2 kinfolks but they drink- and smoke. So my delima(sp) What to do. VA. A and A. ??
Another thing I discovered was that the VSO's (Veteran Service Officer) that had helped us all along with dad's various applications suddenly wasn't there one day. All the in-hospital volunteers were no longer there and the offices were closed. So we had to travel to the closest VA regional office instead. We did find them to be very helpful there, however, and they were able to tell us right away what mom qualified for and what she didn't, even while they were preparing the forms for us. Take your mom with you if at all possible (they will have her sign an affidavit so that you can speak for her) and any paperwork that you have from VA plus the vet's discharge paper, especially, if you have it. Prepare to spend a lot of time there.
A disclaimer, this is what I found, but you will want to investigate for yourself! I hope you are successful for your mom's sake and thank you for your dad's service.
Also, everything that a vet's spouse applies for will be approved or denied based upon her income. My mom made $300.00 per month too much to qualify for anything at all. If anything changes however, as in medical fees increasing, you can reapply. Save any receipts or invoices for medical care. I also found that long-term care (nursing home) for a spouse will be paid by Medicaid first, then VA will pay any fees remaining. So all the requirements for Medicaid apply before any veteran status is considered.
Happy for you!...it is hard enough without all the added stress (BS)
Maybe there was another way but... You don't know what you don't know. In any event my sister and I lost a lot of income while caring for our father, 24/7 for a few years. I wonder if it is possible to re-coup some of it?