For some families, worrying about an elderly or disabled loved one can be an overwhelming situation. When that individual is a veteran and is considered a wartime veteran, whether they actually saw direct combat or not, their family can get them the support they need at home.
Far too often, though, veterans of all ages may discount the notion of relying on home care aides because of the cost or other related factors. If cost is the main issue, there are pensions that could help these wartime veterans, especially if they are on a limited income and don’t have many assets.
When families of these veterans first learn about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, they often have a number of questions. Below are four questions some families have that can actually help others when they learn more about this pension program.
Potential Question #1: Would dad qualify?
In order to qualify, veterans need to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat. That could be during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. If they served any time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to have been two years. Otherwise, their minimum time of service needs to be 90 days.
Potential Question #2: Can’t I help him?
Families often rally around their loved ones in a time of need. Yes, family members and friends can be a great support, but nothing is better than an experienced and professional home care aide.
Potential Question #3: How long will the application process take?
It can take upwards of nine months for approval. Yes, that’s a long time when somebody needs help now. That is one of the reasons why Veterans Care Coordination can prove to be extremely valuable.