Current Interest: Aid and Attendance for Veterans

July-August 2010

Aid and Attendance is a medical reimbursement pension for veterans, their spouses, and surviving spouses. It was established by an Act of Congress in 1952 and does not require that the medical condition be service connected. It only has to be a medical condition that requires a person to need the assistance of someone else on a regular basis.

Requirements: 90 days service in one of the United States Military services and one day during a Wartime period.

• World War 2—Dec 7, 1941 to Dec 31, 1946
• Korea—Jun 25, 1950 to Jan 31, 1955
• Vietnam—Aug 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975
• Persian Gulf—Aug 2, 1990 through date to be determined by Presidential
proclamation or law.

This pension may be used to pay the following:

• Nursing home long-term care.
• Assisted living or for adult care services such as board and care.
• And in some cases it pays family members, except for the spouse, to provide
care at home.
• Professional home care providers to come into the home. (Qualification is more difficult.)
• Up to $1,200 to renovate the home to help with disability such as ramps and grab bars.

Many deserving Veterans who are eligible may be unaware of this valuable pension. If you are a veteran, veteran’s spouse, or surviving spouse and qualify for this benefit, and if you need assistance with the proper procedure to participate in this program, please contact: Bro. Ed Harris, 32°, at aidandattendance70@yahoo.com. Or if you do not have access to a computer, call 619-293-4888 and ask for information about this valuable pension program.

—Submitted by Ed Harris, 32°