Making a mistake on an application doesn’t seem like the most treacherous thing in the world, but when an aging veteran has a need for home care support but can’t afford it, and if they would qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, it can be extremely frustrating to be denied.
They know they should be approved.
This veteran and his or her family are completely convinced, having reviewed all of the requirements, that they will be granted and approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, but they were denied. Once a veteran is denied, he or she will have to go through an appeals process and that can take years. In the meantime, what are they going to do?
If they can’t afford a home care aide, they might have to rely on friends, family, or find a way to scrape enough money together to pay for it themselves.
There are a few reasons why veterans might be denied this and other pensions because of mistakes they make on their application. Some of these mistakes could be deliberate, an effort to circumvent the requirements, while others could simply be errors in judgment.
Potential Mistake #1: Lying about their service.
For the Aid and Attendance Benefit, veterans need to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress. If they fudge the numbers just a little bit, let’s say by one week or a day, they might hope nobody checks to see when they actually enlisted, but the approval committee will.
If they lie about their service, that is an egregious mistake to make.
Potential Mistake #2: They misrepresent their income and assets.
Currently, the combined income and asset threshold limit for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is $119,000. Some veterans will pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to a financial consultant or firm to move assets around in an effort to hide them from the VA.
If the approval committee or individual finds out they took these actions or underestimated their income and assets, they could be denied.
Potential Mistake #3: A VA representative could make the mistake.
If somebody asked for help from one of their VA reps, there’s no guarantee that representative will get everything right. That mistake could cost a veteran approval and years going through the appeals process to get it straightened out.
Before submitting an application, a veteran should be sure all information is accurate, honest, and verifiable and if they know they will be approved, there should be no problem.
If you or a loved one are considering aging veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.