Serving during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat could have some benefits. For those who might require home care, but can’t afford it on their own, there is no stipulation that they had to have fought in a forward combat situation, but only that they served at least one day during a time of official combat in order to qualify for a pension called the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?
This is a pension made available through the VA. It was initially started following World War I as a way to provide financial support for returning soldiers who had been injured and disabled during battle. It expanded through the years to provide support to veterans from all walks of life, whether they were injured or disabled during their active duty service or not.
It can even provide financial assistance to a veteran’s dependents.
A veteran’s spouse or surviving widow may benefit from this pension, too. There are certain requirements that need to be met in order for a Korean War veteran, or other qualifying veterans, to receive financial assistance through this pension.
Minimum time of service.
If a veteran served at least one day during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, they need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. If their time of service overlapped the Gulf War at all, they need to have served at least two years.
A documentable need for home care.
The veteran needs to be able to prove home care is necessary at this point in his or her life. Sometimes that can be done with a letter of recommendation from their doctor, but there are other ways veterans can prove this is needed.
Limited income and assets.
Currently, there is a maximum threshold the VA uses to determine eligibility with regard to finances. It is set at $80,000, and that is combined income and assets. If a veteran needs home care support and can’t pay for it on his or her own and if they meet these requirements, they are encouraged to fill out and submit the Aid and Attendance application as soon as possible.
In the meantime, they should seek home care support through an agency as qualifying veterans may be reimbursed for the services they receive once the application has been approved.
If you or a loved one are considering assistance with Aid and Attendance, 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.