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Three Things Veterans Need to Know About Aid and Attendance

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available through the VA that provides financial assistance to qualifying veterans to pay for home care services. Not every veteran will qualify for this pension, which is very similar to the Homebound pension, so it’s a good idea that veterans and their family (their support system) are aware of what is available to them in the event they need assistance.

Care for Aging Veterans in Oahu HI: Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care for Aging Veterans in Oahu HI: Aid and Attendance Benefit

Below are three things every veteran should know about this particular pension. The more knowledge a person has, the easier it will be for them to find the right care and support in the future, when it’s needed.

First, they need to be considered ‘wartime veterans.’

This means any veteran who served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military and who had at least one day of active duty service overlapping a time of official combat as defined by the United States Congress, may qualify as a wartime veteran.

This does not mean they had to have served in a forward combat situation and been engaged in a firefight. It simply means their time of service has to have overlapped World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War at least one day. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to be two years, not 90 days.

Second, they need to be able to prove home care is necessary.

A doctor’s recommendation can certainly go a long way for this part of the application, but there are numerous other ways veterans can show the review committee or individual that home care is a necessity in their life at this point.

Veterans may also be able to receive financial assistance for their spouse or other dependents and widows of qualifying veterans may receive some financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit to pay for home care for themselves.

Third, their income and assets, combined, cannot exceed $119,000.

This is a relatively new threshold limit that has been set in place to help provide consistency for veterans applying for this and other pensions. For the Aid and Attendance Benefit, a veteran’s income and assets, combined, may not exceed $119,000 in order to qualify, but this may not include a primary residence as an asset.

The more veterans know about this and other pensions, the more it can help them when they need it most.

Have questions about home care for an aging veteran in Oahu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today.  Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Jermie Chadwick

Jermie graduated with her nursing degree from Ateneo De Davao University. Jermie has a compassionate nature, being raised by her Grandparents and Aunt who instilled in her respect for elders, as well as the “golden rule” to help others is priority. Jermie worked for many years with two of the leading Health Care Agencies in Hawaii and received many accolades from both the companies and the clients. During this time she expanded upon her extensive health care training and knowledge, by gaining vast practical experience. Today Jermie’s skills and experience are utilized in her oversight of all aspects of care provided by All Care Hawaii, assuring that the company she founded remains consistently committed to the best care for others and responsive to all client’s needs.

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