For veterans of the United States military, there are a number of benefits that you may have access to, and a number of them you simply might not know about or realize are there. The VA doesn’t advertise its benefit programs too well, and with an estimated 25 million veterans in the country at this time, many of them go without the assistance and resources that they need. Veterans home care is important for some veterans who may have trouble getting around.
So who would be eligible for what is known as the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, or more commonly referred to as the Aid and Attendance pension? Any veteran of any age may qualify for the benefit if they meet certain conditions. For veterans who are under the age of 65, they would need to be completely disabled before they would be eligible to collect any monetary assistance under this pension benefit.
For veterans over the age of 65, they can have any level of disability and qualify to receive the benefits. Spouses or widows of veterans would also qualify under the same general guidelines.
The military veteran would have had to serve in one of the four major branches of the United States military during a time of war. The four current times are World War II, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946, the Korean Conflict, during June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955, the Vietnam Era, during August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 (for veterans who served ‘in country’ before August 5, 1964, the dates that they are eligible for include February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975), and the Gulf War, from August 2, 1990, though a finish date has yet to be established.
The veteran would have had to serve at least one of a minimum of 90 days active duty during any of these time periods and would need to be honorably discharged from service. Total income, from any pensions, Social Security, or other sources, would need to fall below a specific threshold that the VA determines in order to qualify for any monetary pension to assist with the cost of veterans home care.
If you believe that you or a loved one may qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, send a letter to the same address where he applied for a pension previously, or to any VA administrative address that deals with pensions, explaining the physical condition of the veteran and why he or she believes that they qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension. An application process will also be required.