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Common Confusion Regarding the Aid and Attendance Benefit

With many pensions available through the VA, veterans seeking VA benefits for home care may be confused about certain requirements that must be met. One pension that can cause a great deal of confusion is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension was developed following World War I. The initial intention was to provide financial assistance to injured and disabled soldiers returning from battle.


Home Care for Veterans: Aid and Attendance Benefits

VA Benefit for Home Care: Aid and Attendance Benefits


It has grown through the years and now provides financial assistance to veterans from all walks of life, whether they were injured or disabled during active duty service or not, so long as they meet the requirements of the pension.

One of the requirements is that at least one day of a veterans active duty service must have fallen during a time of ‘official combat.’ Of course, this has a tendency to cause some confusion. Some family members may assume this means the veteran would have to have fought in a forward combat situation.


In other words, they assume the veteran needs to have been in active combat.

That is not the case. A veteran could have served in South America during the Vietnam War. They might have even been stationed in the United States and never left the country. If they served any time in which the United States was officially engaged in active combat, which is essentially World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War, they would qualify for this type of pension based on that requirement or condition (this does not in any way stipulate that veterans would qualify just because of their active duty service).


Equally important, the veteran needs to have a non-service related medical condition that requires the aid of a caregiver. 


If you or a loved one is looking for a VA benefit for home care that can help pay for associated costs, look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit if the veterans are considered a ‘wartime veteran’. Being confused about certain requirements or conditions is understandable and while the VA might make it extremely difficult to get accurate and reliable information, there are options available that can help, most notably quality organizations that specialize in helping veterans with the Aid and Attendance Benefit.


If you or a loved one are needing assistance with VA Benefits For Home Care, please contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
Call today: 1-855-380-4400

Kyle Laramie, President

President, Founder at Veterans Care Coordination
After working in the field of occupational therapy, as well as various marketing, sales and management roles for both private duty nursing and assisted living providers, Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As president and owner of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather. A World War II veteran, he unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle’s family simply did not know about the opportunities that were available to assist him in his golden years.

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.


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