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What is Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

There is a disability income for the wives of veterans who served during wars offered by the Veterans Benefits Administration. This particular benefit is formally called a pension however it is most commonly known as veterans aid and attendance pension benefit. Veterans aging below 65 years old need to provide a proof of full disability to get this pension benefit, on the other hand, 65 years and above are not required to.

The death pension, which is the pension received by surviving spouses, is a lesser amount and still based on the rules for a living pension claim. In other words, so that the surviving spouse will receive a lesser amount, the veteran must meet all the necessary requirements for pension or has been receiving pension unless he is over 65 years of age or totally disabled. Additionally, the spouse must remain single so she can continue receiving the pension.

A claim is submitted by the veteran or his surviving spouse, in case of a death claim. An employee of the local regional VA office, a VA approved agent, or a duly appointed service organization can file the claim on behalf of the veteran or his surviving spouse. To make the claim of other people binding, the veteran must sign a document which authorizes a power of attorney to let someone else submit a claim. If ever the veteran is incompetent and cannot submit the original application or cannot sign a power of attorney for someone to file the application, then a guardian who is duly authorized can complete the application. For as long as there is a power of attorney and an indication that the veteran is incompetent for financial affairs, a parent, spouse, or a friend of the veteran can submit and complete the transaction on behalf of him.

The effective date of this pension begins on the day the VA receives an original application. The process of approval can be done within three or six months, it does not matter because the effective date will remain on the day of receipt of the original application.

The first payment usually starts on the first day of the month following the month of effectivity. This implies that if it took six months to complete the approval process, then a minimum of five months of benefit must be paid retroactively. Awards must automatically be deposited for checking or savings accounts.

There are accrued benefits for veterans if ever they will die while filing the application, before it was approved. An accrued benefits payable arises once the regional office will realize that they have the relevant information to deem the application approved.

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