Perhaps your elderly father served during the Korean War. Maybe he saw combat. Or perhaps he was in the Navy and just part of a support system for those fighting on the peninsula. Whatever the case may have been, his time of service means that he could be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This pension offers financial assistance to those who need home care support.
Initially, it was developed for soldiers who had been injured and disabled while fighting in Europe. When they returned home, many of those soldiers had extreme challenges overcoming their injuries. The Aid and Attendance Benefit provided financial assistance so they could get the care they needed at home.
This pension expanded through the years.
That means it began to provide coverage to other veterans from various walks of life. No longer was a veteran required to have been injured or disabled during their time of active duty service in order to qualify. A veteran simply needed to prove that home care was necessary. This could be due to the natural process of aging, as a result of a medical emergency like a heart attack or stroke, or even injuries sustained later in life.
What qualifications would your father need to meet to receive the Aid and Attendance Benefit?
He needs to have served at least one day active duty during a time of official combat. This is defined by Congress as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If he served any time during the first three situations, his minimum time of service needs to have been 90 days. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, the minimum time service requirement is two years.
Your father’s income and assets also cannot exceed $119,000. This doesn’t necessarily include a primary residence. Your father may own his house outright, and it may be valued at more than this threshold, but that doesn’t mean he would be denied. The Veteran’s Administration doesn’t necessarily include a primary residence in those income and asset threshold calculations.
It can be difficult for some veterans to figure out how to prove home care is necessary. If a doctor or other medical professional has recommended home care services, this could be a great way to show the approval committee that home care support is necessary therefore, if they qualify based on the other provisions, why they should be approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
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