If you have a veteran in your family who is aging and may require some level of veterans home care, then you may be trying to find out if there is any type of program available that can help them. The problem at the moment is that the Veterans Administration is overwhelmed with so many young men and women coming back from Afghanistan still wounded and requiring intensive assistance to get back to some sense of normalcy in their life. The funds are tight, so it may seem as though veterans are beating their fists against a steel door that just won’t open.
However, just because something is a bit more challenging than one would like, that doesn’t mean that you should give up. In fact, there are a number of VA pensions that provide financial assistance to help pay for veterans home care and other programs that provide assistance for these military men and women who are in need.
The Aid and Attendance pension is one that is designed specifically for either disabled veterans or elderly veterans who require a certain level of home care. It’s not available to every veteran, though.
In order to qualify for this Aid and Attendance pension, the veteran would have had to serve in one of the major military branches for at least ninety days of active duty, with at least one of those days during a time of war. Congress has provided a very specific time range for the service that would quality the veteran for this type of benefit. The Korean War, World War II, the Vietnam Era, and the Gulf War (the first one) with an undetermined end date (as of yet).
The veteran would also need to have been honorably discharged and must be able to show a specific need for veterans home care in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension. That means that their doctor or other medical professional will need to have determined that they would require some level of assistance within their home in order to care for themselves in a healthy and safe manner.
If you believe that your loved one who is a military veteran may qualify for this pension, make sure that they fill out the application thoroughly. Don’t pay an organization to help with this because that you disqualify the veteran immediately.
For more information and to learn about the Veterans Senior Care, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.