Aside from the technical aspects of the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit for veterans to qualify for financial support to pay for home care, there are also some health related considerations that need to be made as well.
The technical aspects of qualifying for the Aid and Attendance pension.
The VA’s Aid and Attendance Benefit was established after World War I and was intended to help support veterans as they returned home from war with injuries and other disabilities. It expanded to help cover home care expenses for many veterans as they reached the age of 65 and beyond.
Today, this pension program is available to veterans from a number of wars and conflicts and can also be available to those who may have been turned down for other VA based pensions.
The first key is that the veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty service.
Next, at least one of those 90 days of active duty service would need to have been served during an official time of combat, as declared by the U.S Congress. This would be, for example, during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War. Congress has not yet established the definitive dates of the Gulf War, and is currently open ended from the beginning of that conflict.
The veteran would need to have been honorably discharged from their service. Any other discharge may not qualify the veteran for this pension.
Finally, the Aid and Attendance pension is also available to widows of veterans who would have qualified, or did qualify, for this pension.
The medical conditions that must be met in order to qualify.
Just because the veteran may qualify for this pension, that doesn’t mean that he or she will be eligible for it. They must require the assistance of another individual at home in order to perform basic functions that are necessary for everyday living. This could include bathing, feeding, getting dressed, adjusting prosthetics, and so on.
The senior may be bedridden or are a resident of any nursing home due to a physical or mental incapacity.
The veteran’s eyesight could qualify is his or her eyesight was limited to 5/200 corrected visual acuity.
If you have a loved one who is a veteran and you believe that he or she may qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension, you can encourage them to contact the VA and apply for this pension. Even if they were turned down for another pension, they may still qualify for this one.
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