US FlagDid you know that the government sets asides billions of dollars every year for the over 1.5 million war service veterans and their surviving spouses? A lot are not aware of this benefit simply because they do not know that such programs exist. The US Veterans “Aid and Attendance” and “Housebound” pensions can greatly help in financing for those who need care aids at home or those who wish to live in a care facility.

Aside from the lack of awareness, those who do know about it don’t have the patience in filling out the forms and even understanding the process can be quite an ordeal for some. Because of this, we want to help educate those who are not in the know and give you a rundown of the facts.

Veterans Who Can Apply for Aid and Attendance Pension?

Wartime veterans with disabilities not caused by or aggravated in the line of active military duty and surviving spouse.

Basic Requirement

  • The veteran must have had 90 days of active military duty, 1day beginning or ending during a period of war.
  • Honorable discharge.
  • Health Condition for Eligibility
  • The veteran or surviving spouse must require the help of another person to assist with daily living.
  • The veteran or surviving spouse is blind and needs the assistance of another person.
  • Veterans or surviving spouses that are in a nursing facility due to physical incapacity or mental illness.
  • Veterans or surviving spouses that are already in an assisted living facility.

Financial Requirement

  • Veterans with no dependents with an annual income of $21,446 and below are eligible.
  • Veterans with one dependent with an annual income of $25,448 and below are eligible.
  • The veteran must have a net worth of less than $80,000, excluding the primary home and first car.

Surviving Spouse Requirements

  • Must meet all basic requirements above.
  • Must meet one of the health conditions above.
  • Annual family net income of a surviving spouse with no dependent must be below $13,794 to be eligible.

Who Can Apply for Housebound Pension?

Wartime veterans with disabilities not caused by or aggravated in the line of active military duty and surviving spouse.

Basic Requirement

  • The veteran must have had 90 days of active military duty, 1day beginning or ending during a period of war.
  • Honorable discharge.

Health Condition for Eligibility

A wartime veteran or a spouse only needs minimal assistance from another person. Meaning, they can still do the daily living activities mostly on their own.

Financial Requirement

  • Veterans with no dependents with an annual income of $15,725 and below are eligible.
  • Veterans with one dependent with an annual income of $19,710 and below are eligible.
  • The veteran must have a net worth of less than $80,000, excluding the primary home and first car.

Surviving Spouse Requirements

  • Must meet all basic requirements above.
  • Must meet one of the health conditions above.
  • Annual family net income of a surviving spouse with no dependent must be below $10,548 to be eligible.

Who Can Provide For My Care?

  • Professional Caregivers
  • Spouse
  • Family Members
  • Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Home care aides

So if you are reading this and know of someone who might be eligible for these pensions, educate them. Let’s not put this benefit to waste. There are so many veterans, especially the homeless ones, who need your help. There are so many assisted living facilities who can provide for their care. All it takes is one tiny push to get them in the right direction.

Call Parentis Health and we can connect you to a specialist that will assist you so you can get assistance with personal care, bathing, meal preparation, ambulation, and more. Call 949.305.2745.

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