Some veterans may receive various pensions through the VA. Not all pensions are available to all veterans. One, called the Aid and Attendance Benefit, is only available to ‘wartime veterans.’
This means a veteran needs to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat. ‘Official combat’ is defined by Congress and basically encompasses World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
Veterans need to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty for the first three, or two years minimum if they served any time during the Gulf War. They also need to be able to prove home care is necessary and meet specific income and asset threshold limits. Currently, that limit is set at $119,000, combined.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit also supports dependents, and widows.
If a veteran has a dependent, such as a spouse or disabled adult child, who relies on home care or who would benefit from home care support services, the Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide some financial assistance for these individuals.
A widow of the qualifying veteran may also be eligible.
If the veteran has passed away, leaving behind a widow, and if that widow reaches a point in his or her life where they need some type of home care support, either due to an inability to perform activities of daily living, following a hospitalization, or even injuries, if that is going to be a long-term situation, they might be eligible for Aid and Attendance Benefits.
What do they need to know?
The widow would need to understand the basic requirements. Would the veteran have met the Aid and Attendance Benefit requirements if they were still alive right now? If so, and if the widow does not have many financial resources available to him or her, they might be eligible to receive some support.
The amount of money provided by the VA for widows will not be the same as it would have been if the veteran was still alive.
It’s also a good idea to realize that living veterans and their spouses, even if they both require home care support, could receive financial assistance for home care for the two of them. Even if a veteran doesn’t need assistance right now, this is an important pension to learn about and share with other veterans who may qualify for it, for they may one day need assistance in the form of home care aides.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Willingboro, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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