For veterand who may need in home care

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I was not aware that we (as veterans and/or spouses of veterans) can get paid for needed in home care. Just thought I'd put this out there.

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/few-know-of-benefit-to-help-aging-veterans/?src=twrhp

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  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,034 Member
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    Great info
    Greend,

    Thank you posting this important and many times overlooked information. Unfortunately, many times the Veteran forgets to seek out the benefits available to them. I also agree with the article, not all VA reps are on top of their game as they don't have all the answers. Sometimes, it requires us to call again and request a Supervisior to answer our questions to double check if we are getting the correct information.

    We can be pro-active and search the on-line Veterans manual that comes out yearly. A paperback book/manual is usually available at the VA buildings/hospital/clinic/office.

    http://militaryhandbooks.com/view-military-handbooks/2010-veterans-healthcare-handbook/

    Something that I didn't know that I read in the article that Greend posted was that the VA considers War time Veterans totally disabled at the age of 65. This is news to me....I will have to double check this information and hopefully remember to post my findings here.
    I have what we call CRS...Can't Remember S*** : )

    My Best Everyone Here
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    Thanks Brother...
    Never can do enough for vets.....

    Back in the day, vets seemed to have a little more going for them than these days.

    Best,
    John
    USMC SGT 1973 - 1977
  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,034 Member
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    MarineE5 said:

    Great info
    Greend,

    Thank you posting this important and many times overlooked information. Unfortunately, many times the Veteran forgets to seek out the benefits available to them. I also agree with the article, not all VA reps are on top of their game as they don't have all the answers. Sometimes, it requires us to call again and request a Supervisior to answer our questions to double check if we are getting the correct information.

    We can be pro-active and search the on-line Veterans manual that comes out yearly. A paperback book/manual is usually available at the VA buildings/hospital/clinic/office.

    http://militaryhandbooks.com/view-military-handbooks/2010-veterans-healthcare-handbook/

    Something that I didn't know that I read in the article that Greend posted was that the VA considers War time Veterans totally disabled at the age of 65. This is news to me....I will have to double check this information and hopefully remember to post my findings here.
    I have what we call CRS...Can't Remember S*** : )

    My Best Everyone Here

    Follow-up
    Hello All,

    Here is the link again and the wording as to what the VA states about the age of 65 in Chapter 3 of this link and Manual.

    http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/2012_Federal_benefits_ebook_final.pdf

    Here is the beginning of the paragraph,etc.....It starts off about pensions and then moves into the Aid and Attendance/ Housebound Benefits (Special Monthly Pension)

    Eligibility for Veterans Pension

    Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally
    disabled, or age 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if
    they have 90 days or more of active military service; with at least one
    day during a period of war. The 90-day active service requirement
    does not apply to Veterans with a service-connected disability justifying
    discharge from the military. (Veterans who entered active duty on
    or after Sept. 8, 1980, or officers who entered active duty on or after
    Oct. 16, 1981, may have to meet a longer minimum period of active
    duty). The Veteran’s discharge must have been under conditions
    other than dishonorable and the disability must be for reasons other
    than the Veteran’s own willful misconduct.

    Payments are made to bring the Veteran’s total income, including
    other retirement or Social Security income, to a level set by
    Congress. Unreimbursed medical expenses may reduce countable
    income for VA purposes.

    Just below this section is the A&A wording with additional information on the Special pension that could be added to the above Veteran's pension.

    It can and often does get confusing, so I would suggest that if anyone were to attempt to apply for said benefits that they contact their local Military Organization such as the VFW,DAV,
    Vietnam Veteran's of America, or American Legion and request a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) to help you fill out all the paperwork. The VSO does not charge for this service to you.

    I apologize for the long post, but hope it is helpful to someone down the road.

    Semper Fidelis