Now that Veterans Day has come and gone for another year, it’s time to think about veteran’s home care. When your loved one served in the Armed Forces, no matter whether he or she served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, they learned about teamwork. They learned about sacrifice. And they learned what it means to be a part of a strong organization that is designed to help protect a people, a way of life, and a country.
When they come back from service, some of these men and women have scars, injuries, emotional trauma, and other wounds that may or may not be seen. Some of them rely on the services that are provided for them by the government. Others spend years trying to endure their injuries in private, in silence, and through a number of means.
Yet one of the most common characteristics, or traits, about veterans is that when they need help, they might not seek it out or ask for it. Many of them believe that they need to remain strong, even when they’re not feeling that way; it’s part of their conditioning and training and the longer that they spent in the Armed Forces, the more innate this sense of pride will be. So when they reach a certain age and are having trouble tending to their own needs and taking care of themselves, they might not seek out or ask for assistance with veteran’s home care.
So does it take an army to provide the right level of veteran’s home care for the veteran? No. However, that doesn’t mean that the country that they fought for isn’t concerned about their well-being. There is something called the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit that is available to certain military veterans who qualify. It provides financial support to help pay for veterans home care so that they can continue to remain in the comfort of their home even if they can’t manage their care in the same manner that they once did.
Veteran’s home care provides support for the men and women who served their country. There are certain qualifications that must be met in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, such as having served in active duty for at least 90 days, with one of them at least being during a time of active combat, and having been honorably discharged from the service. To find out more about whether you or your loved one (or his spouse) qualifies for veteran’s home care, contact your local VA.