There are numerous pension programs made available through the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to assist with many things throughout life. Some veterans return from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder and have a difficult time readjusting to ‘civilian life.’ Other veterans may seem fine, never having gotten anywhere near active combat, but have some difficulty as they get older. Not every pension program made available through the VA is for every veteran.
One of those pension programs that could support aging and disabled veterans who need homecare is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. It is similar to the Homebound pension program in that it provides financial support for those veterans who have a specific and documentable need for homecare services, but can’t pay for it on their own, out-of-pocket.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is only available to those considered wartime veterans.
In other words, a veteran needs to have served at least one day of their active duty during a time in which United States was officially engaged in combat. Loosely stated, this essentially refers to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If they served any time during either World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam Conflict, their minimum time of service needs to have been 90 days. If they served any time during the Gulf War, that minimum time service requirement is two years.
They also must be honorably discharged from service and have a documentable need for homecare support. Essentially, a licensed medical professional must document that this individual has specific difficulties taking care of himself or herself at this point in their life.
The veteran’s finances and assets must also be limited, otherwise they may not be eligible to receive assistance through this particular pension program. However, for qualifying veterans, their spouse and even their surviving widow could be eligible for some level of financial support through the Veteran’s Administration and the Aid and Attendance Benefit program.
The application process can be long.
It may not take a long time to fill out the application itself, but the approval process could take many months. This is why veterans who may need homecare and who would be eligible for Aid and Attendance pension reimbursements should fill it out and submit it as soon as possible, as soon as there is a documentable need for homecare support. The VA does offer reimbursement for homecare services provided to those ultimately approved, but while the application was considered ‘pending.’