Tom and his wife Mary were in their 80s when it became clear they needed help. As a veteran of the United States Navy, and with limited income and assets, Tom had heard about the Aid and Attendance Benefit. He discovered that because he was considered a wartime veteran, even though he didn’t see direct combat, but because he served during the Vietnam War, he might qualify.
He also discovered that his dependents, his wife, in this case, might also be eligible.
This was a great relief to him because both Mary and Tom had been concerned about their safety and well-being at home. Unfortunately, because of their expenses in life, such as medications, mortgage payments, taxes, food, utilities, and more, his pension was barely enough to cover that, let alone anything else.
They sat down and filled out the application together and submitted it. They heard it could take a long time for the approval process to go through, but in the meantime, they contacted a home care agency to begin receiving support.
Within a few weeks, Tom’s wife faced a serious medical emergency and a few days after that, in the hospital, she passed away. Tom was grief-stricken, and one of the last things on his mind at that time was the Aid and Attendance Benefit application.
A few weeks after the funeral, when he contacted a local representative from the VA and had a conversation about what had happened, he was informed he needed to start the application again. This was incredibly frustrating and it brought into question whether or not he would get reimbursed for the home care support he and his wife had already been receiving to that point.
Do you have to start over?
When a beneficiary or dependent situation changes during the application process for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, it will be necessary to completely fill out a new application and submit it. Tom had to fill out a new application for himself and himself alone. It also meant having to start all over with the waiting process.
He thought this was going to be an easy pension to receive, and now he was wondering if there was any point to doing it because all he wanted was to be with his wife. His family was a strong support system that got him through all of this and within a few months he was approved for home care support through the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
If you or a loved one are needing assistance with the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
Latest posts by Kyle Laramie, President (see all)
- Why Do Some Veterans Refuse In-Home Care Support? - January 17, 2018
- Just Because a Veteran Meets the ‘Main’ Requirements for Aid and Attendance Doesn’t Mean Approval Is Guaranteed - January 9, 2018
- Starting Over: When a Veteran or Spouse Is Gone, the Aid and Attendance Application May Need to Be Started Again - December 27, 2017