Michael knew something was different. He could feel it. He understood what he had been capable of doing not too many years ago and what was certainly an overwhelming challenge now. As an elderly veteran, he didn’t have a lot of family or friends in the area anymore and usually tried to do things on his own.
But when those simple tasks became overwhelming, he didn’t know where to turn.
He was a veteran. He served during the Vietnam War. He returned home and faced many challenges, not just with post-traumatic stress disorder and some injuries he sustained during his time of service, but the way he was treated and job opportunities that didn’t seem to be there for him. He slogged his way through and managed to survive, get married, raise three wonderful children, and was a great friend and neighbor, but he didn’t have a great income.
Today, his retirement pension and Social Security was basically all he had.
It wasn’t a lot. It was barely enough for him to pay for his basic living expenses. He knew he would benefit from a home care aide at least a couple of days a week, especially when he needed to do certain tasks around the house or go shopping, but that was a thought he couldn’t even entertain.
But he learned about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
He heard about this pension program through the VA that can provide financial assistance to qualifying veterans who need home care. Because he served during a time of active combat, because his minimum time of service was at least 90 days (it would have been two years if he served any time during the Gulf War), and because his income and assets were considered extremely limited, he knew this was something he should consider.
He felt great relief.
He knew that help was just around the corner. He immediately set out to fill in the application and submit it and when he was told it could take many, many months for the approval process, he once again felt a bit dejected. He needed help now.
That’s when his VA representative informed him that reimbursements for home care support could be made if he was approved, he began contacting a couple of home care agencies to learn more.
For many veterans who might not have a lot of money coming in, it can be a wonderful relief to know that this pension is available for qualifying veterans.
If you or an aging loved one are considering professional Home Care Services in Atoka TN please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth, LLC. Call today! 901-443-1191.
Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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