Hi. Does anyone know if the VA automatically reduces someone's monthly A&A benefit by 5%? The reason I am asking this is that my Dad (WWII vet) has multiple medical problems, very low income, and lives in an assisted living facility. He was approved (thank goodness) for a monthly benefit of $1,474 and the advocate said that means he was approved for the maximum monthly amount. At the time he was approved, the maximum monthly amount was $1,520. She said that the VA automatically reduces the award by 5% because that's what the VA expects the veteran to pay for his/her medical expenses. My father's medical expenses and assisted living expenses exceed his limited income, and we (children) are subsidizing the difference between the A&A benefit and his monthly Social Security benefit. The ratings letter that my Dad received said that he could write to them and explain how he is paying his expenses (since his income if well below his expenses) and they would reevaluate their decision. I am preparing such a letter but the advocate said that he is receiving the maximum benefit, that the VA always sends a form letter and that the comments about sending additional information do not apply to my father's situation. I have looked at the VA webite and haven't been able to find anything in writing about the 5% automatic deduction. I called the VA and asked about it and the VA employee told me that the maximum benefit is currently $1,554/monthly and that she has never heard about a 5% deduction off an A&A award. I called another county agency and asked the same question, and they said that it's true. I'm so confused and frustrated that I can't find this in writing anywhere in VA info. Sorry for the long message, and thanks for any insight/info. that anyone can send my way.