Veteran’s children are paying for caregiver costs, are these VA Unreimbursed Medical Expenses?

 No, medical expenses paid prior to the date of application (intent letter) will be considered as UME.  Additionally, only UME paid by the claimant is declarable. Therefore, the children’s payments are not allowed as UME set off.   

Also, a regular payment by a family member towards care or living expenses of a claimant is “family maintenance,” not a gift, nor income to the claimant. (This is in regard to VA, not IRS, taxes etc.)

Furthermore, an application for Veteran’s Benefits is projecting for upcoming year ( 12 months).  Consequently, any gift / income prior to the date of entitlement is non-countable.

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