We have worked with a number of veterans and their familiesover the years. Many veterans and their spouses are unaware that they may qualify for VA benefits that can be used for in-home care and other medical related expenses. The Aid and Attendance benefit is the most well-known VA Pension benefit and provides the greatest amount of financial assistance. This program allows for an additional monetary benefit to assist eligible wartime veterans, and/or their surviving spouse’s who require the regular assistance of another person with their daily activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and medication management.
In addition to a financial qualification, a veteran must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1) Age – Veterans or their surviving spouses must be at least 65 or officially disabled if younger.
2) Period of Military Service – Veterans must be considered “wartime veterans” meaning they served at least 90 days and served at least 1 day during the wartime dates below, but not necessarily in combat.
3) Discharge Status – Veterans cannot have been dishonorably discharged.
4) Disability Status – Veterans are eligible without a disability, but a higher benefit is available to those who are disabled.
5) Marriage Rules: a surviving spouse must have been living with the veteran at the time of their death and must be single at time of claim.
Additional information regarding the Aid and Attendance program can be found here.
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