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August 2, 2017

Is There Any Point in Applying for Aid and Attendance?

It’s easy for people to make assumptions. When a person has an assumption, such as assuming a particular pension would not be for them, they often never look into it any further than that. Whether it’s for an aging veteran or somebody much younger, there are a number of pensions made available through the VA that could be beneficial in times of need.

One of those is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

This pension was developed following World War I. Initially, it was designed to provide financial help for soldiers injured in battle so they could get home care. Some may have had serious physical injuries and disabilities while others could have been dealing with what was then called shellshock, which ultimately became known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Through the years, this pension was expanded to provide financial support to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during their time of service or not.

Some veterans never look into this because they assume they would qualify.

In order to qualify, veterans need to have served at least one day active duty during a time of official combat. This can be confusing for some. The veteran does not need to have fought in direct combat. Their time of service needs to have fallen 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 service needs to have been two years, otherwise it’s 90 days.

Also, the veteran would need to be able to prove home care services are absolutely necessary right now, at this point in his or her life. For some, proving that may seem futile. After all, how can one explain the necessity for home care services in a simple form?

Talking about what they can or can’t do, mentioning the assistance they require just getting out of bed, getting into or out of the shower, or preparing a healthy meal could be a few ways to document the necessity of home care services support. A doctor’s recommendation can also go a long way at helping this.

What about income?

If a veteran’s combined income and assets is less than $119,000, and if they qualify based on all other provisions for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, they may receive financial assistance to pay for home care services support. It’s highly recommended that veterans not assume they wouldn’t qualify for a pension like this; if they need home care services and can’t afford it on their own, they should look into this and other pensions more closely.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Grayslake 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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