Is aid and attendance in addition to regular pension?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by nanabar, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. nanabar

    nanabar Newbie

    My sister has worked for weeks completing the forms to apply for aid and attendance for our widowed mother. Dad was service related disabled.
    She called the local veterans office to ask a question and they told her she wouldn't have had to complete all the forms since Mom already draws a pension and that when approved for aid and attendance she would only receive about $200.00 more monthly than she now does. Is this correct? We were thinking Aid and Attendance was a completely different benefit and would be in addition to what she already receives.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. nanabar

    nanabar Newbie

    Can anyone help me, please?
  3. vetadmin

    vetadmin Administrator Staff Member

    Reading between the lines, it sounds as though the widow is receiving DIC benefits. DIC benefits is for service-connected deaths.
    If your mom is receiving $1,091 per month, it is DIC, and if approved for A&A under this program, she would receive an additional $271 per month. This is still more than she would receive under the pension program with A&A.

    If she is receiving either pension or DIC benefits, she would not have to complete the 21-534 form in order to apply for the A&A. That would have already been completed.

    DIC benefits are not based on income and the widow does not have to do an EVR every year. She can receive benefits which pays the greater amount.

    Hope this helps.
  4. nanabar

    nanabar Newbie

    Thanks very much!

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