Q: What is an un-reimbursed medical expense?
A: Recurring out-of-pocket expenses that are related to the care of the Veteran or Surviving Spouse. Examples: cost of assisted living, cost of in-home care, and cost of skilled nursing. Medi-care premiums, Medi-care supplements, Health Insurance premiums.
Q: What is the maximum amount of liquid assets allowed?
A: There is No absolute amount. It depends on Life Expectancy and how rapidly assets are being used. The VA will apply their Life Expectancy Table for Net Worth Determination to see if the applicant has too many liquid assets.
Q: Did the Surviving Spouse need to be married to the Veteran at the time of the Veteran’s death?
A: Yes, if the spouse divorced the veteran she/he would not be eligible for the pension.
Q: What if the Surviving Spouse remarries?
A: If the Surviving Spouse remarries after the death of the Veteran, he/she is not qualified unless the second spouse is also a Veteran and she/he was married to the second Veteran for at least one year before the Veteran’s death.
Q: I am the Power Of Attorney for the Veteran/Surviving Spouse can I sign the application?
A: The VA does not recognize POA’s in this process. The only other person that can sign an application for the applicant is a court appointed Conservator.
Q: What if the Veteran or Surviving Spouse can not sign the application?
A: If the Veteran or the Surviving Spouse can not sign the application a poor signature will be accepted or the applicant must make an “X” and have it witnessed by two people with their addresses.