If you are a veteran overwhelmed with the high cost of long term elder , such as paying for assisted living facilities, home care aids, adult daycare or skilled nursing, the veterans Aid and Attendance benefit could be a solution to help offset these rising care costs. A wartime veteran or their surviving spouse with limited income may be eligible to receive a non-service connected pension (this means that the need for care does not have to result from one’s military service).
There are three levels of VA pensions:
- Basic Pension/improved Income – For healthy veterans over the age of 65 with low incomes
- Aid and Attendance – For veterans over the age of 65 that require assistance with their activities of daily living.
- Housebound – For veterans with a disability rating of 100% that prevents them from leaving their home, but does not have to have to be related to their military service.
The Aid and Attendance and Housebound pensions provide additional monthly income over and above the Basic Monthly Pension. To be eligible for either of these pensions, one must also meet the requirements for basic Pension.
Attendance benefit is a monetary benefit which helps eligible Veterans’ and their surviving Spouses(or just the spouse in case of the Veterans’ death) to pay for the assistance they need in everyday functioning (eating, bathing, dressing, and medication management).
RECEIVING A VA PENSION MAY DISQUALIFY A VETERAN FOR MEDICAID OR VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION
- Age – Veterans or their surviving spouse must be at least 65 years or officially disabled if younger.
- Period of Military Service – Veterans must be considered “wartime veterans” meaning they served at least 90 days and served at least one day during the following wartime dates:
- WORLD WAR 11: Dec 7,1941—Dec 31,1946
- KOREA WAR: Jun 27,1950—Jan 31,1955
- VIETNAM WAR:AUG 5,1964—MAY 7, 1975 or Feb 28,1961—May 7,1975 for veterans who served in Vietnam)
- GULF WAR: Aug 2,1990—Undetermined
- Discharge Status – Veterans cannot be dishonorably discharged.
- Disability Status – Veterans are eligible without a disability, but a higher benefit is available to those who are disabled.
- Marriage Rules – A surviving Spouse must have been living with the veteran at the time of their death and must be single at the time of the claim.
- The VA has both income limits and asset limits for the Aid and Attendance, Housebound and Basic Pensions—please make an appointment with your County veterans Service office to review these income limits.
THIS INFORMATION IS TAKEN FROM VA BULLETINS
Please remember veterans must be enrolled in the VA Healthcare System to be eligible for any healthcare opportunities such as:
VA HOSPICE, VA CAREGIVERS, HEARING AIDS, GLASSES ETC.
Please contact the Salem County Veterans’ Office at 856-339-8603