The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a wonderful pension that could prove to be a great asset for veterans who require some type of home care services. The pension was developed following World War I to help injured and disabled soldiers returning from battle. It expanded through the years to also provide support to veterans of all ages and dealing a wide range of limitations or disabilities.
The more a person knows about certain support systems, like the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the easier it is for them to determine if they not only qualify, but how to go about applying for it or beginning to receive the type of care and support they require at home.
Not all veterans qualify.
One of the most important first aspects of the Aid and Attendance pension is that not every veteran will qualify. It’s available to veterans of all ages, but they would need to have served at least 90 days’ active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines to quality.
If their service was during or overlapped the Gulf War, the veteran would need to have served a minimum of two years’ active duty.
At least one day of their time of service needs to have fallen during a time of official combat. This provision is sometimes confusing, though. It does not mean that the veteran has to have served in a forward combat situation or even be stationed where fighting was occurring (such as in Korea during the Korean War or Iran or Afghanistan during the Gulf War). They could have been stationed somewhere else in the world, thousands of miles from actual combat, but as long as their time of service took place during a time of official U.S. combat, as defined by combat, by at least one day, they may qualify.
Income and assets.
A veteran’s income and assets must be limited. The income and asset threshold limits vary from time to time, so it’s best to refer to the VA to determine what they are at the moment.
A specific need for home care support.
For veterans to qualify for the Aid and Attendance, they also need to be able to prove they need some type of home care support. One of the best ways to accomplish this, and show the VA that this is necessary, is through a doctor’s recommendation.
There are many nonprofit organizations available to help veterans fill out and submit this application at no charge. Veterans should never pay for help filling this application out.
If a veteran needs home care services support, they should always choose an agency over an independent caregiver due to safety and resources available that could become instrumental in helping them maintain a high quality of life into the future.