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The Basics of the Aid and Attendance Pension for Veterans

Aid and AttendanceThe Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension available through the VA,  for qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses.  It can be very instrumental in assisting to pay for home care services.

Why would a veteran or their spouse need home care support?

Veterans of all ages can face challenges in life. Younger veterans might have been injured or disabled during some kind of accident or mishap, either during their time of service or outside of it. If they require assistance with mobility or other issues at home, they might have a tendency to rely on family members or friends, but a home care aide can be an invaluable asset.

When veterans or their spouses are limited in their income and assets, it may be extremely difficult to even consider paying for home care support services. That’s where the Aid and Attendance Benefit, and Veterans Care Coordination, comes into play.

It’s available for wartime veterans.

In order to qualify for this pension, the individual needs to be considered a wartime veteran. This basically means at least one day of their active duty service needs to have fallen during a time of official combat. Generally speaking, official combat is defined by Congress as World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Gulf War.

Time of service.

Veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. If they served any active duty during the Gulf War, they need to a served two years at a minimum.

The need for home care support.

Veterans need to be able to prove that home care support is necessary at this point in their life. It’s sometimes difficult to do that, but if a doctor has recommended they receive or rely on home care aides or other caregivers, that can be a great way to prove this is necessary right now.

Limited income and assets.

At the moment, the income and asset threshold limit, combined, is $80,000. If the veteran’s basic monthly income and assets do not exceed $80,000, they may be able to rely on the Aid and Attendance Benefit to help pay for the home care support they need right now. That is not including their house, and one car. Additionally, their medical expenses should exceed their monthly income.

If veterans hear about this particular pension, or any other for that matter, but don’t qualify for or need it, it’s highly recommended they spread the word so all veterans can be aware of the support systems that are in place to help.

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.