There are many pension programs and other benefits that veterans can enjoy to help them recover from illnesses, disabilities, injuries, or even their time of service. While there is a lot of attention being placed on inadequate care and support for veterans in certain parts of the country, some of these pensions can be invaluable resources for those having a tough time tending to their own needs. When a veteran may require home care but simply can’t even think about paying for it, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is something to consider.
For this particular pension, these men and women need to be considered wartime veterans. In other words, to qualify as a wartime veteran, the individual needs to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress.
This is often a confusing point for many.
To serve at least one day of active duty service in a time of official combat does not, in any way, mean the veteran has to have fought in a forward combat situation. It simply means their time of service must have overlapped an official time of combat. These ‘official times of combat,’ as defined by Congress, include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
For example, a veteran may have served at the tail end of the Vietnam War, with two weeks of their service starting before the official end to this combat, and they may have been stationed in Africa. They would still be considered a wartime veteran even though they didn’t see direct combat.
For any veteran who served time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to be two years but for most other combat situations, the minimum time service is 90 days.
If a wartime veteran requires home care, they also need to meet a specific asset and income threshold limit. They would also be required to prove that home care is necessary right now, at this point in his or her life.
Any veteran who believes he or she may qualify for this pension and needs home care should be encouraged to fill out and submit the application as soon as possible. Due to a backlog at the VA it could take nine months or even longer to have the application reviewed and, hopefully, approved. That is why Veterans Care Coordination strives to get veterans and their surviving spouses quality care in their homes sooner- the quality care that they deserve.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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