When looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit for veterans, regardless of their age, there are certain things they need to consider. Not every veteran is going to qualify for this particular pension. It is designed for what is considered “wartime veterans,” but that doesn’t mean the veteran has to have served in a forward combat situation.
Let’s talk about some of the things a veteran may need to consider before applying for this pension.
They need to prove home care support is needed.
Regardless of the veteran’s age, if they have difficulty tending to their own basic care at home, an aide or other support system could be beneficial. There are numerous ways veterans can prove home care is needed right now, but nothing is more effective than having a recommendation from their primary care physician or other specialty doctor.
They must be a wartime veteran.
This means the veteran needs to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress. This would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If the veteran served any time during one of the first three listed, their minimum time of service needs to be 90 days. If they served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.
There are certain income and asset limits.
If the veteran is on a limited income, such as through a pension, Social Security, or disability payment, they may be struggling to make ends meet. It’s important to note that their home may not be included in the income and assets total, so home ownership will not necessarily disqualify them. There is a medical expense to income ratio to follow.
If you or a loved one are considering aging veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400