I am trying to assist my uncle who is 84 and not well. He receives SS (not SSI) in the amount of $1191 a month which is too much to qualify for a "needs" pension. In 2014 however his medical bills skyrocketed to around $5K. From my reading it appears that he may now qualify. So here are my 2 questions:1. If he receives a VA pension, is it deducted from his SS? and 2.If his medical bills for 2014 are deducted from income to qualify to begin benefits and he receives money during 2015 but then his medical is not as high during 2015, will the VA want to recoup? I don't want to get him into a position where he uses the new pension money to pay off these medical bills but then has to repay it because he did not qualify during the year he actually receives the pension. He is not ready for an Aid and Attendant assistance yet but it appears we are headed that way soon. I cannot reach anyone at 800-827-1000 (VA), message just says too busy to take my call.