aid and attendance and housebound improved pension benefit

When I first started investigating the Veterans Administration's Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits program for my Dad, a decorated WWII Veteran who earned the Bronze Star while serving in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division, I was excited to learn that he might qualify for some financial assistance to help with the cost of his care. Aid and Attendance is an enhanced or special monthly pension program for certain veterans who require care. Dad has developed Alzheimer's disease and is legally blind, and my parents' expenses exceed their income now. But I was warned by many that the process was incredibly arduous and lengthy. One friend told me she applied for her Dad, also a WWII veteran, who finally received notification he was approved for benefits ... a month after he died. The process took over a year and a half.
Families of older veterans, this one's for you.
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