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How to Celebrate an Aid and Attendance Award for Aging Veterans

VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

What a relief!

Mark is a veteran who served some time of his active duty service during the Korean War.  In his 80s, he and his wife did their part to support themselves, but they did lean on some neighbors, friends, and family who lived in the area.  When his wife passed away, Mark was devastated and it took him quite a while to overcome the loss.   Now that he is 86, has been living alone for more than two years, and his own health is beginning to decline, he’s recognized the need for more support.


He knew a home care aide would be an asset.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t afford it. He did the math and based on his income and expenses, he didn’t have anything left over at the end of the month.  And things were only getting tougher.

He talked to his doctor about home care support and she recommended he hire an aide-worker to be with him at least three days a week to ensure he was safe and didn’t have any other issues developing.  He told his doctor he simply couldn’t think about that because of the cost.

She asked him about his service and when she learned he had served some time during the Korean War, she told him to look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

When he discovered he met the requirements, including a minimum of 90 days active duty service, with at least one of those days falling during a time of official combat, a documentable need for home care support, and his income and assets, combined, fell under the $80,000 threshold limit, he started to have hope.


He filled out the application and submitted it quickly and waited for several months. In the meantime, he began relying on a home care aide through an agency.

When the approval letter came through, it felt like a monumental moment to celebrate.  He called his friends.  He told his neighbors.  He called his family.  They were all excited that he had received this award.

Mark knew how important it would be to maintain a high quality of life with the right home care support.   Now he could afford the level of care and support he needed and that was certainly something worth celebrating.  Other veterans who are approved for this pension often feel the same way and celebrate their relief. 
 

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

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.