Dear Veteran’s Benefits enthusiasts:
While the official 2013 Veteran’s Administration Improved Pension rates (which include the amounts for Aid and Attendance rates, Housebound rates, and Base Pension rates) have not yet been posted on www.va.gov, an announced 1.7% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) has been announced and I believe that we are only days away from the Veteran’s Administration announcing them. For those of you curious as to what they may be, our firm has used projected rates based on maximum awards won by our firm and the factor of 1.017 to project the following rates for the non-service connected pension:
2012 Max Annual Rates:* 2013 Max Annual Rates:**
Aid and Attendance Level of the Benefit:
· Single Veteran: $20,447/Annual
· Married Veteran: $24,239/Annual
· Surviving Spouse: $13,138/Annual
Housebound Level of the Benefit:
· Single Veteran: $14,978/Annual
· Married Veteran: $18,773/Annual
· Surviving Spouse: $10,046/Annual
· Single Veteran: $12,256/Annual
- Married Veteran: $16,051/Annual*** $16,324/Annual***
$ 1,338/Monthly*** $ 1,360/Monthly***
· Surviving Spouse: $ 8,219/Annual $ 8,359/Annual
Please review my disclaimers below as to my methodology of calculation. However, I believe this format is much easier to understand than the arcane way it is posted on the Veteran’s Administration website. If you or family members have issues regarding applying for the Improved Pension (including an Aid an Attendance rating or Housebound rating), please contact us at 303-991-3544.
Matthew P. Zanotelli
Meurer Law Offices, P.C.
*Rates effective 12/1/2011. Please See the V.A. website at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/
rates/ for specifics.
** Based on current projected COLA of 1.7% reported by the www.va.gov and reverse mathematics (2012 maximum rates multiplied by 1.017) based on new awards received by Meurer Law Offices, P.C. received after 11/1/12. The pension rates on www.va.gov are not available as of this re-write on December 11, 2012 and may differ from official tables. These rates should not be relied upon for official use or calculation of the benefit but are merely predictive based on current information.
***When spouse, not veteran is sick–Veteran can get the base pension here if eligible and write off medical expenses if they exceed 5% of MAPR—Maximum Annual Pension Rate total)