Want an Extra $1,000 a Month for Senior Care? Little-Known Veterans Benefit Can Help

One of the challenges seniors face as they grow older is how to pay for the medical costs associated with aging.

There comes a time for many seniors when they are unable to live alone without assistance, which happened to my own mother several months ago after a fall. These seniors and their families face a choice: assisted living, nursing home care or at-home care. All these options are very expensive.

What many seniors don’t realize is that there is a Veterans Affairs pension benefit called Aid & Attendance that they may qualify for if they were a veteran during wartime or if they are a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran.  While the benefit has been available since 1951, few people are aware of it.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

That’s been changing over the past few years thanks to the efforts of the American Association of Wartime Veterans. This group is dedicated to educating veterans and their loved ones about this benefit and helping them complete the necessary paperwork.

They work closely with senior living communities and hold informational seminars throughout the area to explain the benefits and how seniors can qualify.

I first became aware of this benefit when my mom and I were exploring assisted living options in her area. A staff member gave us a brochure about the AAWV and encouraged us to attend an informational seminar, since my late father was a World War II vet.

I subsequently attended a seminar in Shelby Township and also set up a series of meetings with a professional member of AAWV to discuss the application process.

How to Apply

Just last weekend I finally completed the 26-page application. It was a lot of work, but will be worth it if my mom qualifies and receives $1,056 a month. This would provide a much-needed supplement to help offset the cost of her home health care.

Current rate table

To find out if you can qualify, make arrangements to attend an informational seminar in your area by calling 1-800-850-5504. You can also visit www.USAWARVET.org for more information.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Read 7 Comments

  1. I have already used up my GI Bill educational benefits and my VA home loan, and had pretty much assumed the benefits were over for me. I served back in the early 1970s. Now I am so glad to learn about this resource that is available to me and other aging veterans. Passing this information on is a great service, and I hope it receives wide dissemination.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m glad that the information may be useful to you (or fellow war-time Vets) at sometime in the future. In addition to meeting certain financial requirements, you only need to require assistance for one so-called “activity of daily life,” e.g., bathing or showering, in order to qualify for this benefit, as I understand it.

  2. What a great article! Thank you for making more people aware of it. I will definitely share this with friends and family who probably don’t know about it.

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