Arizona veterans aid and assistance?

By May 19, 2011Uncategorized

Sometimes people make reference to, or ask questions about, a program that they believe is called Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Assistance.  And while you would be on the right track if you asked about Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Assistance, there is actually no such program.  There is, however, a program by the name of Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Attendance, and it is most likely this program to which people are referring when they speak of Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Assistance.

So now that we have the name of the program straightened out, what exactly is Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Attendance?  Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Attendance is a needs based program that provides a cash benefit to eligible veterans.  Needs based means that only veterans who meet specific eligibility requirements qualify for the benefit, so certainly not every veteran is eligible for Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Attendance.

Qualifying for this benefit is essentially a two-step process.  The first step involves qualifying for another benefit, VA Pension, which is in some ways the threshold requirement that veterans must satisfy to be eligible for Aid and Attendance.  To qualify for VA Pension, you must be a veteran or a veteran’s spouse who served in active wartime duty, and you must have limited income.  If you meet these requirements, you could be eligible for a cash benefit,

If you qualify for VA Pension, you can also qualify for Aid and Attendance if you have specific medical needs.  By satisfying the medical requirements for Aid and Attendance, you ultimately increase the amount of cash benefit for which you are eligible each month.  So, while the eligibility requirements are different for VA Pension and Aid and Attendance, qualifying for Aid and Attendance really just modifies your Pension amount.

All of this probably sounds somewhat complicated; and that is because it is.  But the good news is that you do not have to apply for these benefits alone.  A veterans’ benefit attorney can help prepare you for the application process, and improve your chances of eligibility.  To learn more about Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Attendance, a.k.a. Arizona Veterans’ Aid and Assistance, contact a veterans’ benefit attorney at JacksonWhite, by calling (480) 818-6912, or by filling out a consultation form.