If a person is considered a ‘wartime veteran,’ does that mean he or she fought in a forward combat situation? Or does that mean the veteran was stationed in a combat area? Or does that mean something else entirely?
When it comes to veterans, if they need any type of support and care at home, they might not be able to afford to pay for these services on their own. There is a pension available through the VA called the Aid and Attendance Benefit, but it’s only available to ‘wartime veterans.’
That’s why it’s important to understand what this terminology means.
In order to be considered a wartime veteran, that individual needs to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time in which the United States was actively involved in official combat. These main periods of time essentially cover World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. However, the United States now consider the Vietnam War to be called the Vietnam Conflict.
If a veteran served any time during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam Conflict, their minimum time of service needs to have been 90 days. If they served any time during the Gulf War, that veteran needs to have served a minimum of two years active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military.
What ‘wartime veteran’ does not mean.
The stipulation for this pension does not mean a veteran has to have fought in a forward combat situation. In other words, if a veteran was enlisted in the United States Navy and was on an aircraft carrier stationed somewhere off South America during the entirety of their service during the Vietnam War, they will still be considered a wartime veteran because of when their service took place.
What does the Aid and Attendance Benefit offer?
For qualifying wartime veterans, this pension can provide financial support to pay for home care services when it is required. A veteran must be able to show that their combined income and assets do not exceed $119,000 and they need direct physical or mental assistance to take care of themselves on a daily or regular basis at home.
In other words, if an elderly or disabled veteran cannot remain safe or complete basic daily tasks on their own at home, they need a home care assistant. If they can’t afford home care, this pension could help.
It might also help any qualifying veteran’s dependents, including a spouse, or the widow of a veteran who would have otherwise qualified for this pension themselves.
If you or a loved one are needing assistance with Aid and Attendance Benefit, please contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
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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.