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November 27, 2018

When Would an Aging Veteran Need to Reapply for Aid and Attendance Benefits?

It wasn’t always easy for Reggie to handle certain circumstances. Having served during the Vietnam War, he went through a lot of struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, having seen a couple close friends die on the battlefield. In the years after discharge from service, Reggie relied on the VA for a variety of supports, including pensions that helped him get through some of the most difficult circumstances in life. When he was in his early 80’s, the VA came through again with the Aid and Attendance benefit.

His wife had been struggling to take care of him for some time, but when he heard about the Aid and Attendance pension, he figured he would qualify. After all, he served at least one day active duty during a time in which United States was officially engaged in combat and his income and assets were limited. His doctor had already recommended home care services, but he and his wife simply dismissed the notion because they couldn’t afford it on their own.

He applied for and was approved for the pension.

He relied on home care services support three days a week, based on the amount he was granted through the pension. It made life much easier for both he and his wife to have this home care aide supporting them on a regular basis. Reggie felt truly blessed by the opportunity to have professional care coming to his house on a regular basis.

When he was 82, his wife slipped and fell outside the front steps. She broke her hip and was going to go through physical therapy and a long recovery process. He heard that they might be able to get an increase in their pension award (because of her dependent status and need), but he had to reapply with this new provision.

When there is a change of circumstance, including the death of a spouse, a spouse who suddenly needs home care services support, too, or the veteran passes away and the surviving widow (or other dependent) continues to require home care services support, a new application for Aid and Attendance benefits needs to be filled out and submitted.

Even if the veteran had already submitted the application and was waiting for approval when circumstances change, he or she would be required to reapply. The VA does offer reimbursements for home care services provided while an application is pending, so if a veteran has been waiting for several months for the approval process and has been receiving home care services already (counting on reimbursement), that will not have to change so long as the application is ultimately approved.

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