Help with Filling out Aid & Attendance application

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Katmandu, May 17, 2007.

  1. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    1.The very first question on the app. confuses me (guess I'm really in trouble huh?) It asks if the veteran ever filed a claim with VA? Does this mean ANY claim (such as when my dad died and we filed for benefits for my mom etc.) or does it mean a claim with VA for Aid and Attendance? It isn't clear what they want?

    2. When should the application be filled out and sent in? We are getting ready to place my mom into assisted living and I have gone thru the questions and find that she is eligible for aid and attendance. We want to place her at the beginning of June, 2006 but we have no "fiduciary" appointed yet (she has beginning signs of dementia), needs help with walking, medication, bathing, dressing and food prep.

    3. Someone mentioned hand carrying the application to the VA office and having it stamped. Is this really necessary?

    4. Best case scenario- how long does it take to get an application approved if everything they need is provided?

    I am not looking forward to this process and any advice is appreciated.,

    thanks

    Kathy
     
  2. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    1.The very first question on the app. confuses me (guess I'm really in trouble huh?) It asks if the veteran ever filed a claim with VA? Does this mean ANY claim (such as when my dad died and we filed for benefits for my mom etc.) or does it mean a claim with VA for Aid and Attendance? It isn't clear what they want?

    This pertains to any benefit filed with the VA. They don't want to start a new file and assign a new claim number if one is already in existence. Also, there could be info in the file that could help to speed the application process or documents that are needed.

    Is your mother receiving any benefits from the VA now? If so, there may be a short-cut through this process.

    2. When should the application be filled out and sent in? We are getting ready to place my mom into assisted living and I have gone thru the questions and find that she is eligible for aid and attendance. We want to place her at the beginning of June, 2006 but we have no "fiduciary" appointed yet (she has beginning signs of dementia), needs help with walking, medication, bathing, dressing and food prep.

    I think this was pretty well addressed in the other email. Doesn't sound as though you monther will need a fiduciary at this time. (With the statement from her doctor stating that she is capable of handling her own affairs at this time.)

    3. Someone mentioned hand carrying the application to the VA office and having it stamped. Is this really necessary?

    No need to hand carry the application but be sure to mail it with a return receipt request. This will make sure that the effective date is protected, if the VA loses the file. This happens way too often. Hand carrying the application to the VA does not guarantee that the file will not be lost. Unless they provide you with a receipt that they received it from you then it makes no difference. Better to be safe than sorry.


    4. Best case scenario- how long does it take to get an application approved if everything they need is provided?

    Best case scenario for processing is 60 - 90 days. Depending on how well the application is completed and supporting documentation submitted. They will pay from the date of receipt of the application.


    I am not looking forward to this process and any advice is appreciated.

    Kathy, main thing is not to get discourage or intiminated and give up. This is what they want you to do. We will help you through this.
     
  3. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    thank you , thank you, thank you. It is so refreshing to get solid, concise answers to questions posed. I don't feel so alone anymore.

    Kathy
     
  4. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    Yes, benefits were filed for when my father died. He got life insurance payable to my mom, and of course, his military retirement, we also asked for burial benefits (which were denied). Not sure if these were all separate applications - if so should I list them all or just the main one for his military retirement?
     
  5. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    Kathy, the VA is mainly looking for the 'file number' or 'claim number' assigned to the claim. It will always remain the same. The life insurance policy number is different than the VA claim/file number. Keep in mind that military benefits and VA benefits are two separate programs. The claim/file number for VA should be on any VA correspondence that you received. It is normally on the top right hand side of the letter.

    Did your father ever receive benefits from the VA? What was the reason for the VA's denial of burial benefits? I'm just checking for other possible benefits.
     
  6. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    The only thing he received when he died was military Life insurance, military retirement and full honors military type funeral with the guns, etc. (We paid for his entire funeral, the cemetery plot, opening and closing, headstone, casket, services, etc.). Other than that, he didn't receive anything else from the VA or the military. My brother applied for burial benefits and I am getting in touch with him to find out why burial benefits were denied. It is very interesting that I am learning so much about what is and what is not given to "our" veterans. I will be in touch with answers and thanks again for your help.

    Kathy
     
  7. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    I spoke with my brother and he said the officer from the Judge Advocates office took care of all of the filing of the papers for burial benefits and any other benefits my dad was supposed to get. He was told by him that my dad only qualified for burial in Arlingon cementery and for the full honor guard at his funeral. This young man was "new" and our case was his very first case. Do you think dad was entitled to more and if so how can I find out?
     
  8. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    I hate to keep asking more questions but one thing depends on another. Please provide me with the following information.

    1. Date of death.

    2. Place of burial.

    Thank you.
     
  9. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    Date of death June 1, 2006

    Place of burial. Newport News, VA private cemetery
     
  10. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    Please forgive all the "newbie questions" but you stated: "Keep in mind that military benefits and VA benefits are two separate programs. The claim/file number for VA should be on any VA correspondence that you received. It is normally on the top right hand side of the letter.

    I'm confused - I have letter from the VA about Life insurance and VA papers concerning retirement benefits for my mother as surviving spouse. What counts as VA benefits and what does not?

    Kathy
     
  11. custer7thcav

    custer7thcav Newbie

    The latest posting by Katmandu is another heartbreaker in a long line of postings. To have this forum and to be able to obtain the right answers to questions is such a wonderful undertaking by the person who started this entire web site! And what does it say about the VA system, and the board who recently received their very healthy bonuses, that we even have to have this web site and forum? I am just one of many who have dealt with the VA in the past, and luckily for me I had very good assistance. Fortunately, this web site and forum was created by turning a negative experience that she endured into a postive experience for all of us.
     

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