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How Long Does a Veteran Need to Serve to Qualify for Home Care Support?

There are many questions veterans have when it comes to various pensions. For those veterans who may need some type of home care support, most commonly in the form of an aide, they might believe it’s impossible for them to even consider it because of the cost. However, the Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide financial assistance to be used for these home care support services.

Care for Aging Veterans in New Brunswick NJ: Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care for Aging Veterans in New Brunswick NJ: Aid and Attendance Benefit

There are various stipulations that need to be met. Time of service is one, including how long they need to serve in one of the major branches of the United States military.

Overlapping official combat.

Any veteran, in order to be considered for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, needs to be a wartime veteran. This means at least one day of their active duty service needs to have overlapped an official time of combat. This official time of combat would be defined by Congress.

It would, loosely, encompass World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.

90 days active duty.

In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, as long as the veteran served at least one day during a time of official combat, they need to have served at least 90 days active duty. For those veterans who served during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service has to be two years.

Income and assets.

It’s not just time of service that matters when it comes to the Aid and Attendance Benefit or the Homebound pension. Income and assets also play a factor. In the past, income and assets were not written down in concrete or stone, so one veteran in one of part of the country may have been approved for this particular pension while another may have been denied.

Now, though, the income and assets, not including a primary residence, of the veteran cannot exceed $119,000. This new requirement went into effect in 2016 and has been providing more consistency across the board for veterans in need of some type of home care assistance.

Any veteran who may need help at home and who believes he or she may qualify for this particular pension is encouraged to apply as soon as they know home care is absolutely necessary. It can take up to nine months or longer for approval, so delaying is only going to delay the approval and subsequent financial assistance.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for an aging veteran in New Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)

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