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May 3, 2017

Who Should Apply for the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

The moment a veteran has challenges at home and might benefit from home care services, they may need to look into certain pensions, especially if they’re on a limited income. Some individuals who are injured and disabled may rely on a pension or disability payment. That might not be enough to just cover their expenses, let alone anything else. Some veterans may qualify for certain pensions that can help pay for home care services, such as the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

So who should consider applying for this particular pension?

There are certain qualifications that need to be met. First and foremost, a veteran needs to be able to prove that home care services are absolutely necessary at this point in his or her life. This recommendation could come from their primary care physician or some other doctor and that can go a long way in helping with the approval process.

Second, veterans who are considered wartime veterans may qualify for this particular pension. Any veteran who didn’t serve a single day during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress, is not likely going to qualify for this pension.

In other words, a veteran would need to have served at least one day during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of active duty service has to be two years. Otherwise, their minimum time of service needs to be 90 days.

Finally, any veteran who has a specific need that has been documented for home care services and can’t afford it, and who would most likely qualify for it, is encouraged to apply.

Don’t wait.

When a veteran realizes the benefits home care services can offer them and who believes he or she may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is encouraged to apply as soon as they realize the need. That’s because it can take several months, almost up to a full year, for the VA to process the application and provide approval.

If a veteran believes he or she fits the criteria of somebody who would benefit and qualify for this particular pension and can prove that home care services are a vital resource to not just their safety but maintaining quality of life at home, they should get the application filled out and submitted as soon as they can.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Chicago Heights IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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