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.
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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