The men and women of our armed forces sacrifice greatly to protect our nation. As seniors, this selfless service entitles veterans to a number of benefits to help pay for their care and well-being through the Veterans Aid & Attendance program.
Retirees who served in the military often overlook this powerful offering. Below are a few fast facts about the program, courtesy of Bethesda Senior Living Communities. Be sure to visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for complete information.
What is Veterans Aid & Attendance?
This program is part of the “improved pension” for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses. It helps pay costs for those who need assistance with eating, bathing, medication management, and other daily tasks. The benefit can be applied toward residency at an assisted living community.
Who is eligible for this assistance?
Wartime veterans with 90 days of active duty as well as their surviving spouses may be eligible for the program. People who apply must qualify both medically and financially. Medical qualifications include the need for assistance in performing everyday tasks, such as bathing, feeding and dressing; being bedridden; physical or mental incapacity; or limited eyesight (corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes).
How much does the benefit cover?
Eligible veterans may receive up to $1,788 per month. Surviving spouses may receive up to $1,149 per month. And a veteran with a spouse may receive up to $2,120 per month. Check with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for complete information.
Where can I learn more?
First, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the authoritative resource for Veteran Aid & Attendance. Second, VeteranAid.org offers comprehensive information as well as necessary application forms and instructions.
Finally, if you are a wartime veteran considering assisted living, visit Bethesda Senior Living Communities, and one of our team members can offer further guidance.