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How Long Can the Aid and Attendance Application Take to Process?

VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

For any veteran who is looking for financial support and assistance to pay for home care services, they may be interested in filing an application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension is VA-Aid-and-Attendance-Pension-Benefitmade available through the VA and can provide the money necessary to pay for a home care aide.

One of the stipulations in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is the veteran, regardless of age, needs to be able to prove home care is absolutely necessary at this point in his or her life. The easiest way to go about proving this is through a letter of recommendation from their primary care physician.

There is a major problem, though, when it comes to the application process itself. That has to do with the length of time it takes to find out if the application has been approved or denied. Some estimations put it currently at about nine months, but longer in certain situations. The most common explanation for this significant delay is a backlog in the VA itself.

The VA is dealing with a number of issues, not the least of which is limited funding and not enough staff to handle the influx of paperwork and other requests. That means a veteran who needs home care, proven by a recommendation from their doctor, may have to wait nine months or longer to get the funding to pay for it. In the meantime, they will either go without the support necessary or have to find other alternatives, such as paying for it themselves, which, when on a limited income and with no viable assets, can become seemingly impossible for some.

What’s the solution?

The best thing any veteran can do when he or she needs home care support is to contact an agency that provides these services. Find out what they charge, what their availability is, the experience of their home care aides, and if they may be able to assist them in the meantime.

The veteran might benefit from a home care aide visiting with them just two hours a day once or twice a week to start. That may be a more reasonable solution for some.

It might not be, and if that’s the case, the administration staff at the home care agency may have other alternatives to consider that can help provide safety and comfort for the veteran at this point in his or her life.

If you or a loved one are considering the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693

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.