Our most recent series on veteran benefits [insert link to part 1], outlined the basics of the Vet Assist Program, sponsored by Veterans’ Home Care. As we dive more into this beneficial resource available for our current and potential in-home care clients, we think it’s also necessary to know more about eligibility requirements.
As a veteran, or a caregiver of a veteran, you deserve to know what type of benefits you are entitled to as a former member of the armed forces. You’ve dedicated your life to this country and through the Vet Assist program, you can find the care and nurturing you deserve and need each day.
The Vet Assist Program is a comprehensive assistance resource to help veterans determine if they are eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit. Because the application process can be cumbersome, this resource is available to help navigate eligibility requirements and ultimately help vets to apply to acquire benefits for short- or long-term care.
The pension plan has been around for more than 60 years, yet many vets struggle with the process of obtaining benefits that can offer much-needed funds for in-home care, assistance with transportation, dressing, bathing and more.
While any veteran can request assistance through the Vet Assist Program, in order to qualify for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, you must meet the following requirements, known as the 3 Ms:
Medical: Patient has a medical condition that is non-service related and begs the need for daily living assistance.
Military: Patient is either a veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran. In addition, the veteran must have an honorable discharge, served at least one day in a war and was on active duty for a minimum of 90 days.
Money: Applicants are also evaluated based on finances. Individuals with limited assets and income are prime candidates for assistance.
When evaluating wartime served, the following war periods are defined on the following dates:
1941-1946: World War II
1950-1955: Korean Conflict
1990-Present: Persian Gulf War
Once it is determined that a veteran is eligible and can begin the application process for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, Veteran’s Home Care helps with gathering and processing documentation of time served, offers interest-free loans so in-home care can begin right away and helps monitor requests from the VA during the application process.
While many people do opt to process the paperwork individually, the purpose of the Vet Assist program is to ease the challenges. The experts affiliated with the program know the ins and outs of what type of roadblocks veterans and their families may face. In addition, the team is also knowledgeable about how to qualify for maximum benefits that many veterans do not realize they qualify for after service.
This program has allowed veterans to receive in-home care so that they remain comfortable and stress-free while recovering from illnesses, diseases and injuries – even those not associated with war-time incidents.
The application can also be time consuming and when coping with an illness, the last thing a veteran and his or her family needs to be concerned with is a loss of income, funds or the stress of navigating the VA system. Instead, the Vet Assist program coordinates in-home care with agencies such as Care Indeed and ensures that veterans who qualify for pension benefits have access to assistance with personal and respite care, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, transportation and more.
It can be confusing and challenging to navigate VA benefits. The reality is that many veterans do not have the means, energy or know-how to navigate the process of getting the care they need and deserve. Programs such as Vet Assist are happy to help.
Care Indeed is also here to provide you with resources and in-home care that is covered by your VA pension and VA benefits. Our team is willing and able to not only help you coordinate benefits, but also provide you with the companionship you crave.
It’s important to learn as much about the symptoms and care needed to help support your loved ones as it is to learn about VA support. Tap into resources from local and national organizations to boost your knowledge of VA benefits and rely on the professionals at Care Indeed to guide you through the process.
Life with any type of illness is challenging; therefore, the last thing you – or your loved one – needs is a struggle to understand your VA benefits.
Care Indeed is committed to providing you the support and in-home caregivers who understand your challenges and daily struggles at work and home. Learn more about how to get the support you need today.
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