Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits: Are You Eligible?
November 11, 2009 is Veteran's Day. Right at Home would like to remind wartime Veterans and surviving spouses of deceased wartime Veterans about a special monthly benefit called Aid and Attendance.
What is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit?
Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a benefit paid in addition to the monthly pension. Benefits are for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication monitoring or other various activities of daily living. This benefit is available to individuals who reside in assisted living communities, personal care homes, skilled nursing facilities and those receiving personal in-home care.
How Can These Benefits Help Someone?
Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, a skilled nursing facility, personal care home or an assisted living community. A Veteran may be eligible for up to $19,728 a year, a Veteran with a dependent spouse may be eligible for up to $23,388 a year, a surviving spouse of a Veteran may be eligible for up to $12,672 a year, and two Veterans married to each other may be eligible for up to $30,480 a year.
Who is Eligible?
Any war Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active wartime (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf). A surviving spouse of a war Veteran may be eligible if he/she remained married to the Veteran until his/her time of death and has not remarried. The only exception to this rule is if the remarriage took place after January 1, 1971 and ended before November 1, 1990. The individual must also meet medical, service and financial qualifications.
How Do I Determine Eligibility?
Call your local Right at Home office and they will put you in touch with the appropriate people to help guide you through the process to help expedite your claim.
Right at Home salutes the men and women who have served in our armed forces, and remains committed to helping them receive the benefits they have earned through their service.
Right at Home is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those we serve. We fulfill that mission through a dedicated network of locally owned, franchised providers of in-home care and assistance services.