Guide to American Veterans Aid for Seniors
There are 22 million veterans in America who are eligible for aid and care. Almost 10 million of them are over the age of 65. (census.gov) and may quality for the American Veterans Senior care benefits.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 697,806 American veterans from WWII are still alive, as of 2016. These veterans would be well into their 70s or 80s now and probably in need of aid and attendance with daily activities.
Here are of the VA benefits that American veterans over the age of 65 may be eligible for:
Senior American Veterans Benefits
- VA Pension: The VA pays a pension to veterans over the age of 65 who have little or no income, or are permanently disabled and can’t work. The pensions are available to American veterans and the widowed spouses of veterans. To qualify for a military pension your “countable” annual income must be less than the amount set by Congress.
- Aid & Attendance: Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and who require the aid and attendance of another person (or are housebound), may be eligible for additional monthly payments above the normal pension amount. When applying for Aid & Attendance, you must also submit a basic pension application if you’re not currently receiving a pension.
It’s important to note that the financial qualifications for Aid & Attendance are different than financial qualifications for the basic pension alone. So some veterans and their surviving spouses qualify for Aid & Attendance, even though they would not have qualified solely for the basic pension.
The Aid & Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:
- You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment
- You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment
- You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity
- Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
3. Housebound Benefits: This increased monthly pension amount may be added to your basic monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.
American Veterans Aid has helped thousand of families with the application process so that they get the benefits they deserve as quickly as possible.
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