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Who Exactly Is the Aid and Attendance Benefit For?

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There are an estimated 21.8 million veterans living in the United States right now (US News). There may be almost one million who could benefit from some type of care and support at home (gao.gov, pg 20). The Aid and Attendance Benefit was designed specifically to help veterans who need home care support.

What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

Care for Aging Veterans in Clark NJThis is a pension that was developed following World War I to help soldiers returning from battle. The soldiers who took advantage of this particular pension used the financial assistance to pay for home care support. Most of the time it was to help them recover from injuries sustained in battle.

These injuries could have been physical, such as lacerations, gunshot wounds, lost limbs, broken bones, and much more. It could also have been the result of emotional trauma, which was then referred to as shell shock, but is now called post-traumatic stress disorder.

It expanded through the years to provide financial support and assistance to veterans of all ages who may need home care assistance, whether they saw active combat or not.

Who qualifies for the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

A veteran has to have served at least one day of active duty during a time of official combat. This would be, loosely, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, he or she needs to have served a minimum of two years’ active duty, but if they served during any of those other combat periods, they need to have served 90 days’ active duty.

The veteran also needs to be able to prove that home care support is absolutely necessary at this point in his or her life. In some situations this can be difficult to do, so it’s best to ask their primary care physician, their doctor, for a recommendation.

Finally, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is not available to veterans who have a fair amount of income and assets. This year the amount of assets and income is now combined, so veterans who may be eligible for this need to have less than $119,220 in combined assets and income to be considered for this particular pension.

It could take nine months or longer to have an application approved through the VA, so any veteran who needs home care assistance and can’t pay for it on their own is encouraged to fill out and submit an application as soon as possible if they believe they would qualify for it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans in Metuchen, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635

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Sharon Muenster

Owner at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the senior community. She became the president of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.

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