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Veterans and their families in Reading, PA, and around Berks County, may not be aware that many veterans who served during wartime are eligible for Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits. The Law Office of Scott C. Painter can help you determine eligibility, assist with paperwork, and help you navigate the process.

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Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to a monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility for a pension.

Since Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for a pension at these increased rates. A veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, and protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment.
  • You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities require you to remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment.
  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity.
  • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

If you are a veteran and believe you may be eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits, call our office today at 610-378-5140.

Below is a video of attorney Scott Painter discussing the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance program.