A common question that people have with regard to veterans home care is whether the spouse of an elderly veteran can qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension. One gentleman asked about his mother who had become a widow within the past year.
This gentleman’s father had served during the Korean War and even though he didn’t require any type of home care for himself, he had been taking care of his wife for more than two years. He never complained or thought about taking advantage of the system, but once he passed away, the financial resources to afford any type of home care for his widowed wife was limited.
The truth is that widows of veterans who would have qualified for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit are also likely to qualify for assistance as well.
If you have an elderly loved one who is widowed from a former military veteran, below are some things that you should know about the Aid and Attendance pension program at the VA offers.
The veteran’s service.
The veteran would have had to serve at least 90 days of active duty service and one of the major branches of the US military. This would include the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
At least one of those days of service would have had to have been during a time of official combat. This does not mean the veteran would need to have served in a combat situation, but that he or she would have been in active duty at a time of official combat, as defined by Congress.
These times of official service include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War.
The veteran would need to qualify for financial assistance to be able to afford home care. There are many agencies and organizations that promise to help veterans obtain the Aid and Attendance pension by moving financial assets around, thus hiding money from the government. However, this is not only wrong, soon it can be considered illegal if Congress passes a law presented to counter these measures.
The widow, in this case, would also need to have a doctor recommendation stating that she or he requires some type of home care. If you believe that your mother or another elderly loved one may qualify through the Aid and Attendance pension program for their former veteran spouse, contact the VA to find out more.
For more information and to learn about the Veterans Home Care Guidelines, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.