Many elder veterans think that they may not be eligible for assistance for veterans because they were not injured or incapacitated during wartime. Not true!
If you are a Veteran, or the surviving spouse of a Veteran who:
1. Served at least 90 days on active duty and at least one day during wartime
2. Was honorably discharged
3. Meets financial and medical qualifications
(a) Financial Net worth (home excluded) within VA guidelines.
(b) Income not exceeding maximum pension amount.
(c) Requires care or assistance on regular basis.
. . . you may be eligible for the VA non-service connected disability pension of up to approximately $2,100 per month or more through the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Aid and Attendance Program.
Problem : Many Veterans are not aware of the program providing assistance for veterans! Finally, when Veterans do become aware, only a limited number of applications are approved, typically with multiple requests for resubmission and a wait time that averages 6-14 months.ª
ª Source: The New York Times, ‘The Long & Unacceptable Wait for a Veterans Benefit’ May 15, 2013.
Solution : Submit all information correctly the first time – with all necessary support documentation. Advocare can connect you with certified elder law attorneys that can assist Veterans to make application with the Veterans Administration. They will assist the veteran or the veteran’s family to determine if they qualify. There are several types of specific benefits providing assistance for veterans that may be available. We also have access to special veteran health care services that can implement the care, with no out of pocket cost to the veteran in 30 days or less.
First, the Veterans Aid and Attendance Program provides qualified veterans and surviving spouses a government pension covering home assistance for veterans, and assistance for living activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, transferring, toileting, and continence. This may also include assistance for veterans with personal care services such as meal preparation, bathing, grooming and dressing.
Second, the Aide and Attendance Program can cover the services of a RN Care Manager to provide assistance for veterans or a surviving spouse with medication management, coordination of medical care, and coordination of services for their care and activities of daily living. The RN Care Manager can provide assistance for veterans to find the right medical specialists, coordinate medical treatments, and organize and manage medications.