George wasn’t sure if he was going to be approved for Aid and Attendance. At 82, he was living alone and having quite a difficult time with it. He noticed his strength diminishing through the years and even though he tried to exercise as often as he could, he was also facing numerous health issues. That slowed down his exercise regimens and exacerbated the loss of strength, balance, and agility.
Without any family living close enough to him, George felt alone.
He knew a home care aide or even a series of caregivers would be an asset, but when he started looking into this, measuring the cost against what he had left over after each month, he realized he wasn’t going to be able to do this on his own. That’s when he found out about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
He discovered this pension was for ‘wartime veterans.’
Even though he never saw active combat, he did serve during the Vietnam War. The stipulation for this pension was that veterans need to have at least one day of their active duty service overlap a time of official combat, at a minimum. For those who served any time during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, they need to have served 90 days active duty. If they served any time during the Gulf War, the minimum time of service requirement was two years.
He felt confident he would be able to prove home care was necessary.
One of the stipulations in the application was the veteran needed to prove home care was a necessary component of daily life at this point in his or her life. George was confident he could show that because he simply couldn’t go anywhere and had extreme difficulty just getting up from a seated position most days.
His income and assets, combined, was not very much.
The current threshold value the VA has put forth is $119,000. As George was on a limited pension and had no real, measurable assets, he had no doubt he would qualify financially for this level of support.
He filled out the application and submitted it more than four months ago and, discovering that he might very well receive reimbursement once approved, he started relying on a home care aide through an agency. When the letter arrived stating he was approved, even though he had been expecting it, it was still a great relief. He no longer had to concern himself with these issues; he would always have the help and support he needed at home.
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