The Veteran’s Administration provides a number of pensions for qualifying veterans. Some of these pensions can help pay for basic living expenses, provide supplementary income for food and other necessities, and some pensions can also provide financial support to those who need home care services.
The Aid and Attendance and Homebound pensions have both been designed to provide financial support to qualifying veterans in their time of need. A veteran does not need to be elderly to receive this type of pension. Nor do they need to be injured or disabled during their time of active duty service.
For the Homebound pension, it would be necessary for the veteran to be basically homebound. In other words, he or she would spend most of their time at home and have extreme difficulty with mobility. Many of these veterans are considered bedridden.
For the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the support of a home care aide is necessary.
When applying for this particular pension, a veteran would need to be able to prove home care is a necessary component for their daily life at this point in his or her life. Some veterans may rely on a letter from their doctor noting this requirement while others highlight the challenges they have with basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Some veterans never pay much attention to these or other pensions until they have some type of difficulty getting around. In reality, though, it’s better to learn about this pension even long before it may be needed.
Why would this be the case?
There are several provisions that veterans must meet in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. For example, they must be considered wartime veterans. At least one day of their active duty service (a minimum of 90 days active duty during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War or two years minimum during the Gulf War) needs to have fallen during a time of official combat (as noted).
They also need to be able to meet income and asset threshold limits, which is currently $119,000, combined. The approval of this type of application can take many months, and delaying filling out and submitting it because the veteran is trying to figure out whether or not they qualify because he simply didn’t know about this could mean months and months of struggling on their own, leaning on family and friends, and just trying to get through each day safely.
If more veterans know about this particular benefit before they actually need it, when that time comes they will be prepared to fill out the application, assuming they would be eligible for it in the first place, and that could save precious time for them, allowing them to get the help they needed as soon as possible.
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