When talking about the aid and attendance benefit or some other type of pension made available through the VA (Veterans Administration), it might be easy to simply assume this is talking about elderly veterans. However, it may not just be aging veterans who need some type of home care assistance.
It could be a dependent.
This might include their spouse, surviving widow, disabled adult child, or somebody else who is legally and financially dependent on this veteran. The Aid and Attendance pension program does provide financial support for those veterans and their dependents, when they meet specific requirements which include time of service, documentable need for home care, and financial limitations.
There’s also a significant difference between veterans 65 and over and those under 65 as it pertains to the Aid and Attendance pension. For example, a veteran under 65, in order to qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits, would need to be considered completely disabled. A veteran 65 or over would need to be able to document a specific need for support at home. This most commonly is provided through a recommendation by their doctor.
What else is important to know about this pension?
It’s absolutely crucial to understand which veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits. They must be considered a ‘wartime veteran.’ That doesn’t mean the veteran has to have served in a forward combat situation, but rather at least one day of their active duty service needs to have overlapped a time in which the United States was engaged in combat somewhere in the world. The four combat periods, as defined by Congress, are World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
If a veteran served during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty, otherwise the minimum requirement is 90 days.
Also remember, the dependent may not be eligible for the same financial benefits as the veteran.
In other words, a surviving widow or even the spouse of a qualifying ‘wartime veteran’ will not likely receive the same amount of financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit as the veteran himself or herself would be eligible for.
While it’s easy to assume aging veterans are most likely going to be the ones relying on home care, that’s not always the case. Spouses, surviving widows, and other dependents could potentially receive some financial assistance to pay for home care, if the veteran would qualify based on specific criteria set forth by the VA.
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