Area veterans invited to seminar on aid, attendance benefit

SWARTZ CREEK — Wartime veterans and surviving spouses of veterans are invited to the Swartz Creek Area Senior Center, 8095 Civic Dr., 10 a.m. March 2 for a seminar on the Aid and Attendance Benefit. The event was previously scheduled for Feb. 2, but was rescheduled due to senior center being closed for weather.

The seminar, led by Joe Vitale from American Retirement Solutions/Veteran Support Center, will inform area seniors on this little-known benefit.

“Most people don’t know about this unless they go into assisted living or care facility,” he said. “The VA does not advertise it, but it’s starting to get some notice.”

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is designated for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses, and has been around for more than 50 years. The benefit pays a special, monthly pension ranging from $1,056-2,537 and is used to help pay for in-home care, independent and/or assisted living and nursing home facilities. The Aid and Attendance benefit also is tax-free. There are some eligibility requirements and guidelines for the benefit, which will be discussed by Vitale during the seminar.

Vitale said he has been doing many seminars around Genesee County, trying to inform eligible individuals on the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

There is no cost to attend the seminar, but interested individuals are asked to RSVP to the senior center at 810-635- 4122. Vitale said the seminars last approximately 30-45 minutes.

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