Benefits are available for war-time veterans age 65 and over through a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance.
Like any government benefit, applicants have to swim through the wake of paperwork but the reward is well worth the effort.
Aid and Attendance can offer the veteran and even their spouse an additional monthly income to help provide for supplemental in-home care, medical assistance and other physical needs. These benefits are also available to surviving spouses of veterans. The benefit payout can range from $1000-$2000 per month (tax-free).
IMPORTANT: There are agencies and companies who specialize in helping veterans to acquire these benefits. There is a charge and sometimes requires veterans to purchase insurances through their companies. Applying yourself at your local VA can be frustrating and time consuming, but the application process is free. You may see it best to use an independent agency but with the help of a family member or friend, your bank records and some additional time, the services can be acquired.
HOME-BASED NEEDS – The Veterans Administration also provides Home-Based Needs which is a two-hour visit by companies like Comfort Keepers to assist veterans with immediate short-term needs.
All benefits require you are seen by a VA physician but again, well worth the time and effort.
Even if your veteran is deceased, consider researching the benefits available for surviving spouses. It takes time. It takes patience. But do it. Our veterans, of all folks, have earned this benefit in their valant service to this country.