The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available through the VA that offers financial assistance to qualifying veterans who need home care support. It was initially developed to help soldiers get the care they needed at home who had been injured and disabled during battle (during World War I). The pension was expanded through the years and now provides support for veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during active combat or not.
There are plenty of questions that veterans have about this and other pensions.
When looking at the Aid and Attendance Benefit, a veteran will likely have numerous questions about it. Below are three basic things veterans should know about this pension that can help them determine whether or not this is something to pursue if they need support for their basic care and comfort in their own home.
First, they need to be considered wartime veterans.
This does not, in any way, mean the veteran had to have fought in a forward combat situation. It simply means their active duty service needs to have overlapped, by a minimum of one day, a time of official combat. Basically speaking, this includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
If the veteran served on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea during the Korean War, thousands of miles from actual combat, they would still be considered a wartime veteran, even though they never got closer to active combat than that.
Also, if the veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty, otherwise they need to have served 90 days active duty, at a minimum.
Second, they must prove that home care is necessary.
If they can’t perform basic tasks of daily living, if they need assistance getting out of bed, taking a shower, preparing meals, going to the store to get food, doing laundry, or anything else like that, they need to be able to prove that in the application.
A recommendation from a doctor can go a long way, but there are other ways they can prove home care is necessary.
Finally, they must have limited income and assets.
If the combined income and assets for the veteran is under $119,000, they may qualify for this pension. If their combined income and assets are over that threshold, they may be denied approval for financial assistance to pay for home care support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a veteran in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
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