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Supporting Senior Veterans on Independence Day

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by helping those who protected our freedom gain their independence as seniors? We can celebrate with more than barbecue and fireworks.  In celebration of Independence Day on July 4th, we should remember our brave veterans who fought for the freedom we enjoy.

Get the word out to veterans and their surviving spouses in need about a little-known VA benefit that enables them to live at home more independently. The VA Pension program provides a supplemental income that helps alleviate the financial burden veterans and their families endure. Veterans and their surviving spouses obtain independence in their daily living with the help of “Aid and Attendance.” Aid and Attendance is an amount added to the pension, which covers the assistance veterans or their spouses may need for carrying out activities of daily living, such as bathing or dressing.

While many people are aware that the VA compensates veterans who were injured during wartime, many eligible veterans and surviving spouses of veterans are not aware that a monetary VA benefit exists for non-service-connected disabilities. Supporting Senior Veterans on Independence Day is as simple as getting the word out that the Aid and Attendance benefit exists.

The VetAssist© Program helps eligible veterans and their surviving spouses who choose to use their Aid and Attendance Pension funds primarily on in-home care or adult day care. The VetAssist Program helps with the application process and much more. With the VetAssist Program, while the VA processes the claim, veterans and their surviving spouses begin receiving home care. An interest-free loan is provided to cover home care costs before the VA funds begin. When the VA approves the claim, retroactive funds are used to pay back the interest-free loan so there are no out-of-pocket costs for the veteran or spouse. Veterans and their surviving spouses can live independent daily lives with a home care worker available to assist.

Are you unsure whether a veteran or his surviving spouse qualifies for the VA benefit? The “3-Ms” are a simplified way to determine VA benefit eligibility: Military, Medical, and Money. If you still have questions about eligibility, call Veterans Home Care about the VetAssist© Program at 888-314-6075. Do not let this Independence Day pass by without telling veterans and their surviving spouses about the little-known VA benefit and how to receive it.

Brittany Mannings

Brittany Mannings

Brittany Mannings is a freelance writer, editor and researcher from the St. Louis area who covers current events and global subject matterfor international audiences. She earned a bachelors degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a masters degree from Webster University.
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