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Navy Veteran Benefits

The Veterans Administration (VA) provides many different types of benefits to U.S. Navy veterans, including disability compensation, health (medical) care, pensions and educational programs. Some benefits are also available for dependents and spouses. Eligibility requirements can vary depending on the benefit. Factors that may be considered when determining eligibility for a particular benefit include the veteran’s length of service, where and when the veteran served and the type of discharge the veteran received. Read more

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Aid & Attendance – Reducing the Financial Burden of Long-term Care

Aid & Attendance is a lifetime, tax-free VA pension for senior veterans and surviving spouses who need the help of another individual to perform daily living activities. It is a reimbursement for care, including home care, board and care, adult day care, assisted living, skilled nursing and, under certain circumstances, independent living.

Even though the VA Aid & Attendance benefit has been available for many years, most veterans and surviving spouses have either never heard of it or know very little about it. Read more

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Aid for Older American Veterans with TBI

Studies on American veterans with TBI – traumatic brain injury – reveal that they may be at greater risk for developing dementia later in life. One such study published in July 2014 issue of Neurology, examined more than 188,000 American Veterans over the age of 55 for nine years. During that time, 16 percent of the vets with a past diagnosis of TBI developed dementia, compared with 10 percent among those with no history of TBI.

That’s a 60 percent increase in the risk of developing dementia for older Veterans with TBI.

Studies on Older American Veterans with TBI

A new study conducted in 2016 in two American veterans retirement homes looked at 75 vets with previous TBI and 71 without.  The veterans with TBI had greater functional impairment and had higher rates of prior depression and substance abuse.  Although composite memory and language scores did not differ between the two groups, participants with TBI performed worse on tests of executive functioning/processing speed.

This study suggests that TBI may have adverse long-term neuro-behavioral consequences. American Veterans with TBI may require careful screening and will probably need more aid as they grow older.

 

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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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Who Qualifies for Aid & Attendance Benefit

 

 

Many American Veterans still don’t know about the Aid & Attendance benefit that is part of an “Improved Pension.”  It’s a special benefit for veterans who served in time of war who need regular assistance with basic tasks like eating, bathing, dressing, medication dosing or toileting

It’s also available to those vets who are blind, or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. A veteran who is in assisted care or an assisted living facility may also qualify.  This Aid & Attendance is a pension benefit.  It doesn’t depend on the veteran having a service-related injury.

Another aspect of the Aid and Attendance benefit that is often overlooked is the fact that it also applies to a vet with a spouse who needs care. If you served during a time of war and now your spouse’s medical expenses are a drain on your resources, this benefit could solve the problem.

The Aid & Attendance benefit has been a tremendous relief to my dad as my mom has needed more and more help as the years progressed. We have had to hire two additional caretakers to provide personal care for her.  Sandy K.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
  • Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.
  • A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.
  • Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.
  • Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA.
  • Must be 65 years and older or totally disabled.

Eligible Periods of War

World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.

Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive.

Vietnam era: The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases.

Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.

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