Older veterans and their families may not be aware that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has an assistance program for aging veterans. The benefit is entitled Aid & Attendance and Housebound (A&A).
All should be noted that this benefit does not require the same restrictions as required by veterans seeking disability compensation, where
Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.
Indeed, the only requirement to receive this program is that you must be a “wartime veteran”. Then, any veteran
With 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension. The individual applying must qualify both medically and financially.
And a surviving spouse (marriage must have ended due to death of veteran) of a wartime veteran may also apply.
To Qualify Medically:
A Wartime Veteran or surviving spouse must need the assistance of another person to perform daily tasks, such as eating, dressing, undressing, taking care of the needs of nature, etc. Blind individuals, patients in a nursing home for mental or physical incapacity, or residents in an assisted living facility also qualify.
Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veteran’s Application for Pension or Compensation.
This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.
To Qualify Financially:
An applicant must have on average less than $80,000 in assets, EXCLUDING All monetary payments from A&A benefits are made in addition to any other monthly pension a veteran receives.
Information for veterans or their families to apply for A&A are provided on the Veteran Aid website.
The Senior Advisor website provides reviews for a number of assisted living quarters in cities around the country. And you can speak directly to an Elder Care Advisor at 866.913.2555.
Since this is a rather unknown benefit program, the public, as well as all veterans, should distribute this information as widely as possible.
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