The United States celebrated Memorial Day, which is in honor of those servicemen and servicewomen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Today, it has become a holiday almost synonymous with Veterans Day as people often want to honor the servicemen and servicewomen of the U.S. military.
There are a number of ways people can help honor these veterans throughout the year.
One is to help them be aware of the various support systems available, especially when they have difficulty with their mobility, are trying to recover from a serious medical issue, or are facing some other challenges that makes it difficult for them to take care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner.
What about veterans who can’t afford home care?
Some veterans may be limited in their income. They might be living on a pension, minimal retirement fund, Social Security, disability payment, or something similar. Their income might only be enough to cover basic living expenses, such as rent or a mortgage, utilities, medications, food, and so on.
These veterans may never consider home care a viable option to consider because they simply don’t have the money for it. If they would qualify, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be something to look into.
In order for veterans to qualify, they need to be considered a wartime veteran. That means at least one day of their active duty service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat, as defined by Congress.
This would include the Gulf War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and World War II.
If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have logged two years of active duty service at a minimum. If they served outside of the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to have been 90 days. They would also need to meet a specific income to medical expense ratio.
Approval for the Aid and Attendance Benefit application can take many months, so for those looking for ways to honor veterans, when they do need some type of assistance and care at home and can’t afford it on their own, it’s a good idea to let them know about this pension and encourage them to start the application process as soon as possible. It does offer reimbursement in some cases for qualifying veterans who begin relying on home care support while the application is pending.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, 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.
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
- Starting Over: When a Veteran or Spouse Is Gone, the Aid and Attendance Application May Need to Be Started Again - December 27, 2017
- 3 Ways Veterans Get Help Through Home Care Support - December 13, 2017