The United States celebrated Memorial Day, which is in honor of those servicemen and servicewomen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Today, it has become a holiday almost synonymous with Veterans Day as people often want to honor the servicemen and servicewomen of the U.S. military.
There are a number of ways people can help honor these veterans throughout the year.
One is to help them be aware of the various support systems available, especially when they have difficulty with their mobility, are trying to recover from a serious medical issue, or are facing some other challenges that makes it difficult for them to take care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner.
What about veterans who can’t afford home care?
Some veterans may be limited in their income. They might be living on a pension, minimal retirement fund, Social Security, disability payment, or something similar. Their income might only be enough to cover basic living expenses, such as rent or a mortgage, utilities, medications, food, and so on.
These veterans may never consider home care a viable option to consider because they simply don’t have the money for it. If they would qualify, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be something to look into.
In order for veterans to qualify, they need to be considered a wartime veteran. That means at least one day of their active duty service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat, as defined by Congress.
This would include the Gulf War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and World War II.
If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have logged two years of active duty service at a minimum. If they served outside of the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to have been 90 days. They would also need to meet a specific income to medical expense ratio.
Approval for the Aid and Attendance Benefit application can take many months, so for those looking for ways to honor veterans, when they do need some type of assistance and care at home and can’t afford it on their own, it’s a good idea to let them know about this pension and encourage them to start the application process as soon as possible. It does offer reimbursement in some cases for qualifying veterans who begin relying on home care support while the application is pending.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400