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Benefits and Services for the Older Veteran

Are you or a loved one missing out on the benefits and services you deserve as a war veteran? As veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues including the changing health risks they face, as well as financial challenges through VA benefits and health services.

Published: Oct 18, 2016

Benefits and Services for the Older Veteran

Are you or a loved one missing out on the benefits and services you deserve as a war veteran? As veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues including the changing health risks they face, as well as financial challenges through VA benefits and health services.

What is the VA?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of benefits for veterans, service members, and their families.

Who Is Eligible

  • A veteran
  • A veteran's dependent
  • A surviving spouse, child, or parent of a deceased veteran

VA Benefits
Senior veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military veterans.
Click on the benefits below for more information from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Benefits Focused On Those 65+

A Pension can be received monthly if a veteran is a wartime veteran with limited income, and he or she is permanently and totally disabled or at least 65 years old. There is no time limit to apply for Compensation and Pension benefits.

A Death Pension is payable to some surviving spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans. The benefit is based on financial need.

Aid and Attendance allows for veterans and surviving spouses who need another person to assist them with eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, etc., to receive additional monetary benefits. This benefit includes vets who are cared for at home, in a nursing home, or assisted living facility.

What Is the Difference Between Aid and Attendance and Housebound Pensions? The care-needs and the rates of payment are the main difference. For an Aid and Attendance pension, the veteran must need activities of daily living such as dressing or bathing. For the Housebound pension, the veteran must be substantially confined to his or her immediate premises because of a permanent disability.

See How Comfort Keepers® Can Help. We feel privileged to offer quality in-home care and companionship to veterans who served our nation in times of need. Once you are an approved participant in a VA program, check with your local Comfort Keepers office to see if they can provide the following veteran’s services: the Improved Pension Benefit Program; the Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program; and the In-Home Respite Program.*

If you think you or your loved one may qualify for one of the VA programs, contact your local Comfort Keepers office today.

References:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. www.va.gov. Updated September 2015.
U.S. Census Bureau. Veterans. Web. 2016.

* Not all Comfort Keepers offices offer veteran’s services. Check with your local office to see if these services are available.

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