By Martha Swats, Owner/Administrator, Comfort Keepers
There are 12.4 million veterans age 65 or older in our country. They served in conflicts around the world, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War.
There are 12.4 million veterans age 65 or older in our country. They served in conflicts around the world, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of benefits for veterans, service members, and their families.
Who Is eligible?
• A veteran
• A veteran's dependent
• A surviving spouse, child, or parent of a deceased veteran
Senior veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military veterans. Click on the benefits below for more information from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
• Disability Compensation
• Education and Training
• Health Care
• Home Loans
• Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Benefits focused on those 65 and up
A pension can be received monthly if a veteran is a wartime veteran with limited income, and he or
she is permanently and totally disabled or at least 65 years old. There is no time limit to apply for compensation and pension benefits.
A death pension is payable to some surviving spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans. The benefit is based on financial need.
Aid and attendance allows for veterans and surviving spouses who need another person to assist them with eating, bathing,
dressing, undressing, medication dosing, etc., to receive additional monetary benefits. This benefit includes vets who are
cared for at home, in a nursing home, or assisted living facility.
What Is the difference between aid and attendance and housebound pensions? The care needs and the rates of payment are the main difference. For an aid and attendance pension, the veteran must need activities of daily living such as dressing or bathing. For the housebound pension, the veteran must be substantially confined to his or her immediate premises because of a permanent disability.
See How Comfort Keepers Can Help. We feel privileged to offer quality in-home care and companionship to veterans who served our nation in times of need. Once you are an approved participant in a VA program, check with your local Comfort Keepers office to see if they can provide the following veteran’s services: the Improved Pension Benefit Program; the Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program; and the In-Home Respite Program.
If you think you or your loved one may qualify for one of the VA programs, contact your local Comfort Keepers office today.
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