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Yes, Even Aging Veterans Can Embark on an Adventure, If They Want

VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

Veterans often go through some interesting adventures, even if they never see combat or they served during a time of peace. Some of those adventures often begin during boot camp and can VA-Aid-and-Attendance-Pension-Benefitcontinue throughout their time of service, whether they served two years, four years, 10 years, or even longer or something in between.

As they get older, the sense of adventure may still be present in their heart, but their physical abilities have diminished to the point where they don’t think it’s possible to enjoy that kind of excitement any longer. When an elderly veteran needs help performing certain things around the house, such as with bathing, preparing meals, or even getting exercise, the best place to find that type of support is in the form of a home care aide.

August is American Adventures Month and with the right support system in place, adventures are truly possible once again, regardless of the veteran’s age.

What about paying for home care support?

Elderly veterans may be on a limited or fixed income and might assume a home care aide is simply too expensive for them at this point in their life. That might be true, but depending on their service and when they served, they might actually qualify for a particular pension that could pay for some type of home care assistance.

This pension we’re referring to is the Aid and Attendance Benefit. If the veteran qualifies, he or she might be eligible to receive more than $2,000 per month to pay for home care support. That can allow these veterans to take on some incredible new adventures in life, mostly because they would have the physical support needed to stay safe and take part in a variety of activities or do things they’ve always wanted to try.

In order to qualify, first and foremost the veteran needs to be able to prove that home care is absolutely necessary at this point in their life. Their service has to have included at least one day during an active time of combat as defined by Congress. World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War are all examples of a time of combat.

They also need to have limited income and assets in order to qualify for this pension, and even if they were denied another pension due to their income or asset level, they may still qualify for this one because the threshold levels differ from one pension to the next.

With reliable and experienced home care support, veterans of all ages can take on new adventures and that can lead to a higher quality of 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.