Vet Assist Program
Attention Veteran Families: Your loved one may be eligible for military benefits to pay for home care
If you are a wartime veteran, or the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, you may be eligible for a little-known pension called “Aid & Attendance” from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), which can help pay for home care. Military service must include at least one day during wartime, but overseas service, combat duty or a service-related disability is not required.
Always Best Care Greenwood – Anderson has partnered with the VetAssist® Program of Veterans Home Care®. We can help you apply for the VA pension and begin home care before the VA processes your claim.
To qualify for the VetAssist Program, a veteran or surviving spouse will need to meet the following “3 Ms” criteria regarding Military service, Medical condition and Money.
1) Military: Must be a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran who served at least 90 days on active duty, at least one day during wartime, with an honorable discharge (Persian Gulf War veterans must have two years of active duty or the full period of which they were called for active duty.)
2) Medical: Must have a non-service connected medical condition causing a need for assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as: bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding oneself, using the toilet and personal mobility. A physician must verify the medical condition.
3) Money: Must meet the net worth (annual countable income and assets) limit which is $127,061 (effective December 1, 2018). Annual countable income and assets does not include a home, vehicle or the cost of predictable ongoing medical expenses including the cost of in-home care.
Surviving Spouses of wartime veterans must meet “4 Ms” criteria which includes all of the above plus “marriage.”
4) Marriage: Must have been married for at least one year and married to the qualifying veteran at the time of his death and in most circumstances has not re-married.
The Department of Veterans Affairs defines war periods as:
- World War II: December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950-January 31, 1955
- Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964-May 7, 1975. Veterans who served February 28, 1961-August 5, 1964, must have served “in country” (Vietnam).
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990- date to be prescribed by Presidential Proclamation or law. Must have served active duty for two years or the full period of which they were called for active duty.)
Disclaimer: The unique VetAssist® Program is an exclusive offering of the Veterans Home Care® family of companies. Veterans Home Care® and the VetAssist® Program are not part of any government agency and are not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs.