Aid and Attendance Veterans Benefit
Right at Home was named one of the top 100 franchises for veterans in Franchise Business Review’s special report.
According to Franchise Business Review, the data for the report was compiled as part of the publication’s annual study on veterans and franchising, which “recognizes the top vet-friendly brands based on overall veteran franchisee satisfaction.” The publication surveys about 3,500 military-trained franchisees that represent 265 brands. Interviews with senior executives and franchisees at many of these brands help’s Franchise Business Review compile the final list of the 100 best franchise opportunities for veterans.
Many veterans are unaware of the Aid and Attendance (A&A) monetary benefit. Veterans or their surviving spouses who pay for home care or require the aid and attendance of another person (for bathing, dressing, medication monitoring and other activities of daily living) may be eligible for this A&A benefit, in addition to a monthly pension.
Individuals who are bedridden, housebound or with significant eyesight limitations may apply for the federal veterans assistance. Others who may qualify include those who reside in assisted living communities, personal care homes or skilled nursing facilities, or who receive personal in-home care.
- At least 90 days of active duty, but need not have served in combat
- One day of active duty during a period of war (the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) lists the eligible wartime periods)
- Discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable
A surviving spouse of a war veteran may be eligible if he/she remained married to the veteran until his/her time of death and has not remarried. A remarriage exception may apply.
- The VA compares gross monthly income to out-of-pocket medical expenses.
- Assets are included in the equation for eligibility. Personal property, such as the veteran’s home or vehicle, is not included in this calculation.
- A complicated “Income and Asset Test” must be “passed.” The VA does not disclose this special provision to the public. If paperwork is submitted incorrectly, the veteran will be denied the benefit.
Your local Right at Home office may be able to help you with the application process by putting you in contact with a VA-accredited claims agent. For additional A&A information, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Right at Home also can assist you with exploring other affordable ways to pay for at-home care.