Aid and Attendance

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pugs1978, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. pugs1978

    pugs1978 Newbie

    Just wanted to thank you for your instructions on How to Apply for Aid & Attendance. I filed a claim for my mother (widow of a WWII veteran). Initially I sent in VA form 21-534 (Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for Benefits by a Surviving Spouse), my father's discharge papers, my parent's marriage certificate and my father's death certificate. Since benefits are retroactive to the date the VA receives the claim, I wanted the VA to receive the claim ASAP, (mailed the documents return receipt requested). Approximately 7 weeks after the claim was filed, the VA sent additional forms for my mother to sign. When these forms were returned, I followed the rest of your instructions to a tee regarding all the other documentation needed and sent them along. Other than a few calls to the VA regarding status of the claim, only to get the same response, overworked and understaffed, my mother was approved for the maximum amount of $976 which will be going up 3 to 4 percent next year (per the VA office today). From the date the claim was received to the date payment was received was 6 months.
  2. vetadmin

    vetadmin Administrator Staff Member

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your success with us. We are thrilled to have been a part of helping you to take care of your mom, and for her to receive benefits your father earned with his service. This is how all stories should end!

    Thank you.
  3. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    I just wanted to add my congratulations also. It's not an easy job trying to get everything together and submitted but it is worth the time and effort. Be sure to remember that the VA will send your Mother an annual EVR form that must be completed and returned. If the VA does not get the form back, her benefits will be terminated until they receive it.

    Do you mind sharing the State that handled your Mother's claim? We often get asked about processing time and it depends on the location. We have seen a range from 6 weeks to over 14 months.

    Be sure to help us in spreading the word about this benefit to other veterans and widows.
  4. pugs1978

    pugs1978 Newbie

    My mother's claim was filed with the regional office in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks for the info on the EVR form that the VA sends annually.

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