Veterans’ Administration Benefit Eligibility

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Table of Contents – “VA Improved Pension For War Period Veterans”


1. Introduction to Aid and Attendance
2. Why Assisted Living Beats Nursing Home Living…Hands Down!
3. Three Case Studies Showing How Aid and Attendance Can Assist a Veteran or Spouse

A. How Bill’s extra $1,644 per month check from the VA made it possible to pay for his care in an assisted living facility Alzheimer’s unit…and kept him OUT of the nursing home.
B. How Sera’s $1,056 VA widow’s benefit helped her pay for a private room.
C. Mrs. McCartney’s widow’s benefit helps her disabled son…by increasing his inheritance.


4. The First Eligibility Criteria: Service During Wartime, but Battlefield Service is Not Required.

A. Period of War Defined
B. Proving Service During a Period of War.
C. Proof of Service Checklist

5. The Second Criteria: The Veteran Must be Permanently and Totally Disabled.
6. Criteria Three: Red Ink! The Veteran’s Unreimbursed Medical Expenses Must Exceed His Income, to Receive the Maximum Pension.

A. Income Checklist
B. Unreimbursed Medical Expenses Checklist
C. Calculation of Net Income after Unreimbursed Medical Expenses

7. Assets —The Veteran Can be Too Rich!

A. The Asset Checklist
B. How Much in Net Worth May a Veteran Own?
C. Gifting Away Assets
D. Is it Income or an Asset? The VA’s Version of “Apples and Oranges?”
E. Shifting Net Worth into a Monthly Income Stream.
Case Study: Converting Mrs. Robertson’s worth into an income stream kept her out of the nursing home

8. The Little Known Organization that will Help File Your Claim for No Charge / Case study: Mrs. Coelho receives her $1,056, with free help!
9. Benefits for Spouses / Case study: Mrs. Blue doesn’t have to go to the nursing home
10. How Long Does the Application Process Take?
11. The VA Benefits are Retroactive
12. The Veteran or Widow Must Re-Qualify Each Year


A. Miss. Gann gets a private room and extra money.
B. Mr. Lindsay: Qualifies but inadvertently creates a tax problem.
C. Mr. Bert keeps his personal residence.
D. The Hanson’s horror story: $100,000 of unnecessary taxes.
E. Byrd hypothetical: Can a veteran with $500,000 qualify for benefits?


13. What if My Loved One Eventually Needs Medicaid Nursing Home Benefits? Case Study: Mom broke her hip
14. The Family Should Take a Good Look at the Veteran’s Current Estate Plan….If There is One?!
15. The Adult Children Should Consider How a Gift from Their Father or Mother Could Possibly Impact Their Own Estate Plan.
16. IRA’S, KEOGH’S, 401(K)’S, 403(B)’S, Etc.
17. Financial Elder Abuse: The “Hot, New Fall Fashion” of Lawsuits!
18. Conclusion.

Warning / Disclaimer

This book provides information to help wartime veterans qualify for VA Aid and Attendance benefits to help pay for their assisted living care. It is important to realize that the law changes frequently. If you handle your own legal, financial, and tax matters, it is up to you to be sure that all the information you use, is accurate.

This book is not a substitute for personalized advice from a knowledgeable lawyer or C.P.A. If you want the help of a trained professional, consult an attorney or C.P.A licensed to practice in your state. There are many important issues, including tax issues, property tax issues, Medicaid issues, etc. specific to your home state.

Is not the purpose of this book to provide all the information that is available to VA claimants, but instead to complement, amplify and supplement other texts. Please read all the available materials, learn as much as possible about VA benefits, and tailor the information to the veteran’s individual needs.

Every effort has been made to make this workbook as complete and as accurate as possible. However, there may be mistakes, both typographical and in content. Therefore, this text is only a general guide and not as the ultimate source of obtaining VA benefits.

Furthermore, this workbook contains information on VA benefits that is current only to the printing date.
The purpose of this manual is to educate. Neither the author nor publisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused, or allegedly caused, directly or indirectly, by the information contained in this book. Although I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer, and no attorney client relationship is created or implied by you simply reading this book.

If you do not wish to be bound by the above, you may return this book to the publisher for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

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