Dominic was a relatively young veteran who had served during the Gulf War. When he returned home after his service, he had a difficult time settling into civilian life. Like so many other veterans who had seen direct combat, he felt overwhelmed with the memories, the nightmares, and some of the physical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
He needed constant help.
His mother became his primary caregiver, even though his parents did not make a lot of money and were already struggling as it was. He felt bad about the situation, but didn’t think there was any other option. If he had realized he might qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, he would’ve looked more seriously into home care services. Unfortunately, because of the cost and the financial straits his mother and father and he were in, he missed out on this incredible support.
Tara had joined the Army in the early 1990s because she wanted to go to college and this was the best way to help her pay for it. She never saw combat, was never deployed to the Gulf during the War, and because of that, she didn’t think she could qualify for a pension when she needed support at home following an injury sustained in a car accident.
She didn’t see herself as a wartime veteran.
A wartime veteran is somebody who serves during a time of official combat, but that doesn’t mean they need to have served in a forward combat situation. Tara certainly qualified as a wartime veteran, but because she didn’t consider herself to be that, she never looked into the Aid and Attendance Benefit, though it would have helped her financially pay for a home care aide while she recovered from those injuries, which took about a year.
As Michael reached his 80s, he was widowed and living alone. He didn’t have family or friends in the area any longer and basically struggled to get through each day. He didn’t like what was happening to him, but he couldn’t stop it any more than he could stop time.
He wished he could have relied on help with the laundry, shopping, and some other things, but he never imagined he could afford a home care aide. He served during the Vietnam Era, and even though he had almost no income and was depleting his savings, he could have afforded home care support if he only knew about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of information to help many veterans realize they might be eligible for some pensions that can make a world of difference in their lives.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Hazlet, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 888-492-3538 or 732-566-1112.
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