Care for Aging Veterans in New Port Richey FL
When looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit for a veteran who may require some type of home care support, you will probably notice a number of criteria that need to be met. The Aid and Attendance is not made available to all veterans.
It was established following World War I as a way to help soldiers returning from battle cope with injuries and emotional trauma that resulted from active combat. It expanded through the years and now covers veterans of all ages who may or may not have been involved in direct combat.
One of the stipulations for this particular pension is that the veteran needs to have served at least one day of active duty during a time of ‘active combat.’ That might make it sound as though the veteran needs to have fought in a direct combat situation, just as those returning from World War I had been.
However, that is not the case.
The ‘active combat’ this refers to specifies time periods defined by Congress in which the United States was engaged in official combat. Generally speaking, active combat periods are World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
A veteran who served two years active duty during the 1980s, for example, would not be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit simply due to the fact he or she could not have served during any official combat. The United States was not officially engaged in active combat any time during that decade. The conflict in Grenada was not listed as ‘official combat’ for the United States.
However, a veteran who served four years on an aircraft carrier during the first couple of years of the 1970s, when the nation was still actively engaged in the Vietnam War, even though that veteran wasn’t anywhere near combat, they would qualify based on that criteria.
Now, there is a significant difference between veterans who served at least one day active duty during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and those who served during the Gulf War.
A veteran who served one year active duty during the Gulf War would not qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit because, while other combat periods require only 90 days active duty, for anyone involved for at least one day during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service is two years.
This may seem confusing, but it’s important to realize active combat does not refer to a veteran’s enlistment or any direct fighting, but the general time of their service.
The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable care for aging veterans in New Port Richey, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.
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