West-Central Independent Living Solutions (WILS) helps aging veterans and their surviving spouses get VA funding for in-home care. During National Veterans and Military Families Month in November, it’s time to alert those who may be entitled to a Pension with an added amount for Aid and Attendance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The money received for the VA’s Aid and Attendance Pension can be used for a home care aide from WILS, for help with: bathing, dressing, medication reminders, transportation, light housekeeping and more.
WILS partners with Veterans Home Care to offer the VetAssist© Program, which helps eligible seniors with all the paperwork, application process and ongoing VA compliance.
Even though the VA pension has existed for decades, many who are eligible for the VA’s Aid and Attendance Pension don’t know about it. This is especially true for the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran.
To qualify, you will need to meet the following criteria known as the 3 Ms:
1. Military Service Requirements:
You must be a veteran, or 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 they were called for active duty.) Combat duty or overseas service is not required.
2. Medical Requirements:
A doctor must confirm a disability and a need for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, transportation, and meal preparation.
3. Money/Financial Requirements:
You must have a net worth at or less than $129,094. A primary residence and car are exempt. Certain medical and custodial care expenses can be deducted from net worth.
“Once, the benefit is approved, WILS helps Veterans or spouses of Veterans through the process of coming up with a schedule/tasks for their attendant, introducing them to their attendant, and then maintaining contact with them through the process to make sure they are satisfied with their care and program,” says Jackie Kabler, WILS Independent Living Benefits Administrator.
This assistance is free to all of our clients who qualify. By law, no person or organization can charge a veteran or his surviving dependents to apply for the VA Aid and Attendance Pension. However, WILS, pays for VetAssist© Program services through an arrangement with Veterans Home Care.
Home care can start right away for eligible veterans and spouses. One of the biggest advantages of the VetAssist© Program is that qualifying clients receive a free, no interest loan to begin home care before the VA application is processed. This means there’s no waiting game while the VA takes months to process the claim. The loan is repaid when our client is entitled and receives a retroactive payment from the VA.
“We are proud to recognize the service of our nation’s veterans—not just around Veterans Day, but throughout the year by offering the VetAssist© Program. We’re honored to talk with veterans and connect them with this amazing resource to get care at home when they need it most, ” says Kabler.
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), WILS strives to remove barriers and prejudices and empowers persons with disabilities to live independently. They are a consumer driven, non-residential, 501(c)3 nonprofit resource center that serves people with disabilities and their families. For more information, please visit w-ils.org or contact email@example.com