When looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit for veterans, regardless of their age, there are certain things they need to consider. Not every veteran is going to qualify for this particular pension. It is designed for what is considered “wartime veterans,” but that doesn’t mean the veteran has to have served in a forward combat situation.
Let’s talk about some of the things a veteran may need to consider before applying for this pension.
They need to prove home care support is needed.
Regardless of the veteran’s age, if they have difficulty tending to their own basic care at home, an aide or other support system could be beneficial. There are numerous ways veterans can prove home care is needed right now, but nothing is more effective than having a recommendation from their primary care physician or other specialty doctor.
They must be a wartime veteran.
This means the veteran needs to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress. This would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If the veteran served any time during one of the first three listed, their minimum time of service needs to be 90 days. If they served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.
There are certain income and asset limits.
If the veteran is on a limited income, such as through a pension, Social Security, or disability payment, they may be struggling to make ends meet. It’s important to note that their home may not be included in the income and assets total, so home ownership will not necessarily disqualify them. There is a medical expense to income ratio to follow.
If you or a loved one are considering aging veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.