After everything that military service members do to protect our nation, it’s a good thing that there are programs in place to offer assistance back to them, as much as possible. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides programs and financial benefits at a variety of different levels so those who served our nation are cared for after serving, especially when it comes to caring for their health, and the costs that come along with it, throughout life. In order to get the care necessary, especially as we age, there can be increased costs involved and the V.A. offers assistance to help with many of those increasing expenses, especially into retirement and beyond. If round-the-clock care is a concern for you or a loved one who served in the military, the V.A. Aid and Attendance pension may be available to help offset the increase in monthly expenses.
What It Is
The V.A. Aid and Attendance allowance works in conjunction with V.A. pensions, and is specifically designed to help with the costs associated with care for those who are homebound or need significant daily care. This can include costs like hiring a home health aide or caregiver, the costs for living for those confined to their immediate premises, or for those who are in a nursing home for daily care and assistance. This means that a veteran or surviving spouse who needs help with daily tasks like personal hygiene assistance, help with feeding, mobility help, and so on can potentially get this allowance to help cover the cost of having a care professional come and provide that in-home assistance. Or, if you or your loved one is in an assisted living facility, the V.A. Aid and Attendance pension would help defray the monthly costs for care and living expenses.
Qualifying for Aid and Attendance
The first qualification that needs to be met, whether you are looking to qualify for Aid and Attendance or the Homebound allowance, is to be eligible for a V.A. pension. Both the Housebound allowance and Aid and Attendance are paid in addition to the pension, but neither will be paid if the recipient isn’t first receiving a pension. To see if you qualify for either the Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension, you can see the eligibility requirements on the V.A.’s website. Those requirements include meeting one of the following (per the V.A. website):
- Age 65 or older, OR
- Totally and permanently disabled, OR
- A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
- Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income
Those requirements are in addition to the basic eligibility that everyone must meet, which includes at least 90 days of active duty service (prior to 1980), at least one day of which had to be during a wartime period. Then, once you have qualified for a pension, you will need to show you meet the care requirements, and provide proof of need for care.
If you feel you may qualify for the V.A. Aid and Attendance pension, let the experienced team at Patriot Angels help you. Contact us today to learn more!