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.
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.