The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available by the Veterans Administration. It was initially developed after World War I to help soldiers who had been injured and disabled during combat. Through the years, though, it was expanded and now provides financial support to veterans from all walks of life, of any age, and whether they were injured or disabled during service or not.
There are specific requirements that need to be met.
For example, a veteran needs to have served at least one day of active duty during a time of official combat. Loosely stated, this includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty, otherwise that requirement is 90 days.
They also must be able to prove home care is absolutely necessary right now at this point in their life. If this is only going to be for short-term care, the Aid and Attendance Benefit may not be an asset as this is designed more for those who will require ongoing support.
Veterans also must not have a lot of assets or income. Currently, the combined asset and income threshold set forth by the VA is $119,000.
Veterans and their spouses, other dependents, and widows of qualifying veterans may all be eligible for some level of financial assistance to pay for home care through the Aid and Attendance Benefit if the veteran qualifies for it. However, there are limits, or caps, on how much would be provided every month if the veteran is approved.
Some veterans question the limits set forth.
For a veteran who requires constant, possibly even around-the-clock, care may be approved for somewhat just short of $2,000 per month for home care while another veteran who may only require 20 hours a week of support might be approved for about the same amount.
The pension is designed to offer some financial assistance, but it may not be the end all, be-all solution a veteran needs to be able to remain home, comfortable, and safe as they get older. For those who have limited financial resources, there may be other pensions or government-funded programs that could help.
When looking into home care, hiring through an agency is the best option because it offers experienced caregivers, flexibility, and support for veterans who sacrificed their time, energy, and risked their own lives for the benefit of others.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for aging veterans in West Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
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