When veterans may need some type of support and care at home, those who have limited financial means may assume this is not something they can consider. For those veterans considered wartime veterans, the Aid and Attendance Benefit may be an important pension to consider.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit helps thousands of veterans every year.
There are an estimated 21.8 million veterans in the United States right now (US News). Fewer than 1 million tap into the Aid and Attendance Benefit or other similar pensions to rely on home care support services. Some veterans who might qualify based on their time service may not qualify based on their financial need, but there are also numerous veterans who are simply not aware that such pensions exist.
Before applying for this particular pension, it’s important for veterans to understand a few basic things.
First, not everyone will qualify.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is not available to all veterans. In order to qualify, veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of their service needs to overlap a time of official combat, which is World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty.
Second, this basically means it’s for wartime veterans.
That doesn’t mean the veteran needs to have fought in a direct combat situation. This can often be a point of confusion for many veterans. Their time of service only needs to have overlapped an official time of combat, as defined by Congress, by a minimum of one day. That veteran may have been stationed in the United States during the Vietnam War, but based on their time of service, they would qualify based on that provision.
Third, time of service can be confusing.
Any veteran who served during the Gulf War, and for whom that particular period of time is their only active combat, the minimum service requirement is two years. If they don’t meet the minimum service requirement, but they served at least one day during the Gulf War, they will not qualify for this particular pension, even though other wartime veterans are only required to have served a minimum of 90 days during those other combat periods.
Any veteran who thinks he or she may qualify is encouraged to fill out the application and submit it as soon as the need for home care support is known.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in High Bridge, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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