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Consulting services can be a great resource for seniors who are trying to navigate the complexities of Veterans Benefits. Consulting services can provide personalized advice and guidance on how to best utilize the benefits available to veterans.

These free services can help veterans understand which benefits they are eligible to receive, how to apply for them and how to maximize the benefits they can receive as well as help seniors understand the financial implications of receiving veterans benefits and how to best manage their money to make the most of their benefits.

VA advisors can assist in developing a financial plan that will help seniors make the most of their veterans benefits. In addition, advisors can provide information on how to best use the Veterans Administration services and resources available to veterans.

 Please remember to ask about benefits for your spouse.

Veterans Aid & Attendance

Veterans Aid and Attendance is a program that provides monthly financial assistance to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

How do I get Veterans Aid and Attendance in Michigan?

To get Veterans Aid and Attendance in Michigan, you must first apply through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To do this, you will need to complete VA Form 21-2680 and have it signed by a licensed medical professional. You will also need to provide proof of your military service and income. Once you have submitted the form, the VA will review your application and decide if you qualify for aid. If you qualify, you will receive a monthly benefit to help cover the costs of your care.
For more information, you can contact your local VA Medical Center or visit the VA website for more information about applying for VA benefits.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a veteran or spouse of a veteran who served in a branch of the U.S. military and received an honorable discharge.
  • Must be at least 65 years of age or older, or have a disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  •  Must be a resident of Michigan.
  •  Must have an annual income of less than $25,000, excluding VA benefits.
  • Must have assets totaling less than $80,000, excluding the veteran’s home and car.
  • Must need assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating, dressing, etc.
  • Must be able to show a need for regular, ongoing assistance with daily living activities.
  •  Must show that this need is due to a physical or mental impairment or disability.
  • Must be able to provide medical documentation of the need for assistance.

Importance of Understanding VA Benefits

  • Improved financial security for veterans and their families.
  • Access to medical care, mental health care, educational opportunities, and other services.
  • Reduced stress and improved quality of life for veterans.
  • Increased employment and career opportunities for veterans.
  • Increased awareness of veterans’ rights and resources available to veterans.
  • Improved relationships with family members and community members.
  • Increased respect and appreciation for veterans and their service.

When should I apply to get Veterans Aid and Attendance?

Applications for Veterans Aid and Attendance should be submitted as soon as possible. The application process can take several months, so it’s important to start the process as early as possible.
Veterans who are 65 years of age or older, or who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related injury, may be eligible for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits.
Veterans who are 65 or older may be eligible for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including:

⦁ Pension benefits for low-income veterans
⦁ Medical benefits, including enrollment in the VA health care system
⦁ Prescription drug coverage
⦁ Special monthly compensation for certain disabilities
⦁ Home loan guaranty
⦁ Aid and attendance allowance for those needing help with daily living activities
⦁ Burial and memorial benefits
⦁ Education and vocational rehabilitation and employment services
⦁ Access to VA health care and mental health services
⦁ Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Services

If you have additional questions regarding your VA benefits please visit the VA website or call;

www.va.org

Grand Rapids VA office: (616) 632-5728 or (616) 438-3095

Muskegon VA office: (231) 724-7143

Veterans Affairs National Caregiver Support Line: 855-260-3274

Download VA Form 21-2680
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