3 Things You Might Easily Overlook About the Aid and Attendance Benefit
Home Care for Veterans
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a great resource for veterans who may require some type of care at home. It’s important that veterans understand the various criteria, including being able to specifically prove that home care is necessary at this point in their life.
There is no age restrictions with regard to the Aid and Attendance Benefit, but it’s easy to overlook certain aspects of it. Here are three things some veterans may not understand, or overlook, about this particular pension specifically designed to help pay for at least some home care support services.
1. Not all veterans qualify.
Even though it’s a pension for veterans, not every veteran will qualify. The most important criteria is that veterans need to have served at least one day of active duty during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress. This does not mean the veteran has to have served in a forward combat situation, though.
If they served at least one day of their active duty service during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam Conflict, their minimum time service has to be 90 days. If they served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty.
2. The support it offers may vary.
While the Aid and Attendance Benefit can be instrumental in helping veterans who are on limited incomes, either through disability payments, pensions, or some other factor, in affording home care support services, the amount of financial resources it offers will vary from one individual to the next.
This does not mean veterans who are seeking the same type of support, who have the same background and qualifications for this pension are going to receive different amounts, but a veteran who is married and whose spouse also requires assistance from a home care support professional will receive a different amount than a veteran who is living alone.
3. Time of official combat.
As mentioned earlier, the official time of combat has nothing to do with whether or not a veteran saw combat directly, but rather the general period of time in which the United States was actively involved in a conflict. As mentioned, this includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
If a veteran served during the 1980s, for example, he or she would not qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit simply because the United States was not actively engaged in any official combat anywhere in the world at that time.
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