FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Is it true that Senior Veterans, Inc. provides all services free of charge?
A: Yes, that is true. We do not receive assistance from any federal or state agencies, nor do we receive federal, state or local grants. We are a legitimate 501 (c) 3 Public Charity and are blessed by the generosity of individuals, groups and organizations that support our mission. Your tax deductible gift is very much appreciated and can be made by clicking on the “Donate” button.
Q: What is the mission of Senior Veterans, Inc.?
A: We help adult children of senior wartime veterans and widows obtain the VA’s “Non-Service Connected Disability Pension”, often referred to as “Aid and Attendance” for their loved one. This benefit provides seniors with tax free supplemental income. This benefit is adjudicated exclusively through the Department of Veterans Affairs and no other parties. Our organization provides detailed and easy-to-follow suggestions, helpful hints, coaching tips and up-to-date technology so that the responsible party may submit this claim in an efficient and timely manner.
Q: Does your organization offer financial, tax or legal advice?
A: Absolutely not. We are not financial planners, attorneys or tax consultants, nor do we offer any direct or indirect financial, legal or tax advice. Questions regarding these matters should be directed to those licensed to do so.
Q: We have heard differing opinions/facts regarding the “net worth” requirements of the claimant. Can you be more specific regarding these requirements?
A: The VA defines “net worth” as “bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities.” The claimant’s personal residence, autos and personal belongings are excluded from “net worth.” However, consider this statement from the VA: “The VA will determine whether your assets are of a sufficiently large amount that you could live on them for a reasonable period of time.” We suggest you contact your financial adviser and show them this exact statement. As of April, 2015, there is no “look back” period.
Q: What are the maximum monthly payments available to the claimants?
A: As of April, 2015, the maximum monthly awards for VA Pension with “Aid and Attendance” are as follows:
Married Veteran: $2,120.00
Single Veteran: $1,788.00
Surviving Spouse: $1,149.00
These monthly awards are tax free, deposited electronically into the claimant’s bank account and continue for life.
Q: How long does it take before the “Aid and Attendance” claim is awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs?
A: This is solely determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs; however, the “average” is 8 months or longer after the claim has been submitted. If awarded, though, the VA will make the claim retroactive to the time it is received by the VA. We encourage you to contact the U.S. Senator from the state in which the claimant resides no later than 60 days after claim submission. Use our sample “template” letter that is provided.
Q: What is the best way to contact someone in your organization?
A: E-mail is always best: firstname.lastname@example.org (see “Contact Us”). Leave any contact information in the e-mail.