Widows of Veterans May Be Eligible for Aid and Attendance Benefits
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension provided by the VA for qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses.
The focus of pension is to help veterans and their surviving spouses get the support and care they need. This can include assisting with services at home when they have difficulty performing basic tasks of everyday life.
When an elderly veteran passes away, their spouse may have a difficult time keeping up with the housework and other activities of everyday life. As the spouse’s age, they may have increased health issues and physical challenges. When those challenges become too much, they may turn to family and friends for help. What if there’s not enough support available? What if their friends are incapable of offering assistance? What if their children live across the country or somewhere else around the world? What if the neighbors are not available?
A home care aide from an agency is one option to consider.
Caregivers often have a great deal of experience providing support services for elderly and disabled men and women. Unfortunately, for those who are limited in their income and assets, paying for home care services may seem almost impossible. A widow of a veteran, who may have qualified for the Aid and Attendance Benefit when the veteran was alive, may also be eligible for these financial resources.
The qualifications the widow must have will be the same.
In order to qualify, the eligible veteran would need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. A minimum of one day of their active service needs to have overlapped either World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era, or the Persian Gulf War. If any type of their service overlapped the Persian Gulf War, they need to have served at least 24 months active duty.
The surviving spouse would need to prove that they meet an income to medical expense ratio and that home care is necessary at this point in their life in order to qualify for this pension support.