When something is important, you might be inclined to ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, especially if you’re not completely confident in your ability to complete the task, whether it’s an assignment or filling out an application. For veterans, if they need home care they might be looking to apply for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, especially if they believe they qualify based on their requirements.
Some of these veterans may be convinced by clever ad campaigns or other slogans that they need help to fill out and submit these applications. After all, they get one chance at this, and when you’re talking about a significant sum of money to pay for home care for an extended period of time, such as many years, it seems to make sense on the surface to pay a little bit of extra money for help.
The VA does not condone veterans paying for support and assistance when filling out certain pension applications, including the Aid and Attendance Benefit. There are plenty of other reasons to avoid doing this that veterans should pay closer attention to.
1. It can cause the application to be denied. If it’s determined that the veteran paid for assistance in filling out and filing the application, such as to a consulting firm or other individual, that could be grounds for denial of the pension itself.
There are many unscrupulous law firms, financial firms, and independent consultants that advertise their services to help veterans with a lot of different applications. It opens up the doorway for more of these firms and individuals to try and rip off veterans. Avoid doing it at all cost.
2. There’s no need to pay. The application is relatively straightforward and if an elderly veteran, for example, is confused or has questions, there are plenty of places they can turn for free support and advice. There are numerous nonprofit organizations across the country that help veterans with many different things, including filling out applications.
When the veteran needs home care support, they can contact a local agency and see if they might be able to offer some advice and guidance.
3. It enables the unscrupulous. As mentioned in the first point, paying for help only enables other organizations and unscrupulous firms and individuals from trying to take advantage of veterans from all walks of life. It’s best to avoid anyone who charges for assistance in filling out the Aid and Attendance Benefit, no matter what they promise.