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Help a Veteran today, beyond just thanking them for their service
Uploaded: Nov 11, 2016
The Aid and Attendance benefit is a little-publicized Veterans Administration program. This program allows for a monetary benefit to assist eligible wartime Veterans, and/or their surviving spouse’s who require the regular assistance of another person in their daily activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and medication management. This payment can go to either in-home care or the costs of living in an assisted living community.
Earmarked for those veterans with limited assets and income, the A&A benefit has been used by veterans and their surviving spouses to make the difference between struggling at home to care for themselves or being able to move into an AL community where assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) are provided by the facility staff, in addition to getting a meaningful percentage of the monthly fee covered to live in the facility.
A good place to start research on benefits and eligibility is http://www.canhr.org/factsheets/misc_fs/html/fs_aid_&_attendance.htm
Perhaps you know a veteran or surviving spouse who is struggling to take care of themselves in their home and might benefit from this program. Please share this blog post with your friends who may know someone who this might help.