Serving during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat could have some benefits. For those who might require home care, but can’t afford it on their own, there is no stipulation that they had to have fought in a forward combat situation, but only that they served at least one day during a time of official combat in order to qualify for a pension called the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?
This is a pension made available through the VA. It was initially started following World War I as a way to provide financial support for returning soldiers who had been injured and disabled during battle. It expanded through the years to provide support to veterans from all walks of life, whether they were injured or disabled during their active duty service or not.
It can even provide financial assistance to a veteran’s dependents.
A veteran’s spouse or surviving widow may benefit from this pension, too. There are certain requirements that need to be met in order for a Korean War veteran, or other qualifying veterans, to receive financial assistance through this pension.
Minimum time of service.
If a veteran served at least one day during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, they need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. If their time of service overlapped the Gulf War at all, they need to have served at least two years.
A documentable need for home care.
The veteran needs to be able to prove home care is necessary at this point in his or her life. Sometimes that can be done with a letter of recommendation from their doctor, but there are other ways veterans can prove this is needed.
Limited income and assets.
Currently, there is a maximum threshold the VA uses to determine eligibility with regard to finances. It is set at $80,000, and that is combined income and assets. If a veteran needs home care support and can’t pay for it on his or her own and if they meet these requirements, they are encouraged to fill out and submit the Aid and Attendance application as soon as possible.
In the meantime, they should seek home care support through an agency as qualifying veterans may be reimbursed for the services they receive once the application has been approved.