Home Care for Veterans
When it comes to the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which can provide financial support and assistance for veterans of all ages, including their surviving widows, to pay for home care support, there are a number of criteria that need to be met. Some of the criteria can be confusing.
The asset and income threshold limits can vary from year to year, so it’s important that the veteran and/or his or her family be clear on what the expectations are. There are certain financial firms and consultants out there who charge an incredible amount of money to help move assets around to help the veteran fall within the limits in order to qualify. Not only is this unethical, Congress is looking to pass a law that would allow the VA the opportunity to look back more than just a couple of years into a veteran’s financial history.
As for the benefit itself, it can be a valuable resource for those veterans who have difficulty with their own basic care at home. So what are the two most commonly understood misunderstood aspects of this pension?
The first has to do with active combat.
Veterans need to have served a minimum of 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of their days of service has to have fallen during a time of ‘active combat.’ This is defined by Congress and basically covers World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War.
‘Active combat’ does not mean the veteran has to have fought in an active combat situation. They simply need to have served during a time of active combat in which the United States was engaged.
The second involves proving the need for home care support.
In order to be approved for the Aid and Attendance pension. The veteran would have to meet the specific criteria and prove home care is absolutely necessary. It can be difficult to prove this claim, so it is often recommended that if they have the means, they get a recommendation letter from their doctor.
If a doctor has recommended the elderly veteran, or veteran of any age, needs home care support in order to maintain safety and a decent quality of life, and if the veteran qualifies based on their assets and income and other criteria, they should be able to receive financial support to help pay for home care services.