Aid and Attendance
A veteran in need may feel like he or she has nowhere to turn. This is especially true when those veterans are dealing with depression or other serious emotional or mental challenges, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Some veterans, regardless of age, may require home care support services.
What happens if they can’t afford a home care aide?
Veterans who may be on a limited income, such as a disability pension, may not have extra money left over at the end of the month. The thought of paying for a home care aide seems absurd. However, they still need help, so they might turn to family members or friends for whatever assistance they can get.
They might not have any idea when somebody will be able to stop by and help them with various tasks. They wait and wait and eventually try to do things on their own. That can lead to increased risks of injuries and other accidents.
That’s where the Aid and Attendance Benefit may come into play.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension program developed by the VA following World War I. It was initially intended to provide support for soldiers returning from battle. Some of those soldiers were dealing with serious physical injuries while others were learning to cope with what was then called shellshock. Shellshock eventually became known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Through the years the pension was expanded to provide financial assistance to veterans of all ages who could show that home care support services was an absolute necessity at that point in their life.
For veterans who qualify, this pension could provide funds for hiring a home care aide. In order to qualify, veterans need to have been honorably discharged from service, served at least 90 days active duty service with a minimum of one day falling during a time of combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. For those veterans who served during the Gulf War, they need to have served two years active duty.
Income and assets also need to be limited in order to qualify. As for their time of active combat, veterans do not need to have served in a forward combat situation or have seen combat in any way. That provision simply refers to their time in service needing to overlap, at least by one day, a time of official combat as defined by Congress.
If you or a loved one are considering the Aid and Attendance benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693
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.
Latest posts by Kyle Laramie, President (see all)
- Just Because a Veteran Meets the ‘Main’ Requirements for Aid and Attendance Doesn’t Mean Approval Is Guaranteed - January 9, 2018
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- 3 Ways Veterans Get Help Through Home Care Support - December 13, 2017