Silver Tree Home Care wants all Veteran’s to know there is a benefit available that will help offset the cost of in-home care. The benefit is part of the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Program. To qualify, you need documentation provided by your physician that you require daily assistance by others to help perform activities of daily living. Some of these activities may include help with dressing, bathing, cooking, eating, and medication reminders.
The 2017 Veterans Pension rates saw .3% increase over 2016 and was effective December 1st, 2016.
2017 Veterans Pension Dates:
Effective Date: 12/01/2016
Veterans Pension increase: .3%
2017 Standard Medicare Deduction: Actual amount determined by SSA based on individual income.
The table below are the Maximum Annual Pension Rates and the VA pays the difference between countable family income and the yearly income limit based on a veterans situation below. The amounts listed below are annual amounts, the actual payments are made monthly rounded down to the nearest dollar.
Veterans Pension Rate Table
MAXIMUM ANNUAL PENSION RATE (MAPR) CATEGORY AMOUNT
1. If you’re a veteran your yearly income must be less than $12,907 (without spouse or child) 2. Deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR, or, $ 645
3. With One Dependent $16,902
4. To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR, or, $842
5. Housebound Without Dependents $15,773
6. Housebound With One Dependent $19,770
7. A&A Without Dependents $21,531
8. A&A With One Dependent $25,525
9. Two Vets Married to Each Other $16,902
10. Two Vets Married to Each Other One H/B $19,770
11. Two Vets Married to Each Other Both H/B $22,634
12. Two Vets Married to Each Other One A/A $25,525
13. Two Vets Married to Each Other One A/A One H/B $28,385
14. Two Vets Married to Each Other Both A/A $34,153
15. Add for Early War Veteran (Mexican Border Period or WW1) to any category above $2,932
16. Add for Each Additional Child to any category above $2,205
- Any war-time veteran with 90 days of active duty. Only one of those days needs to begin or end during war-time.
- Veteran must have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable.
- Veteran must be 65 or older or have a permanent and total disability.
- A surviving spouse may also beligible provided they did not divorce the Veteran or remarry after the Veteran’s death.
- Family income is below an annual limit set by law.
- The claimant must have been certified by a doctor as needing assistance with activities of daily living.
Periods of Wartime are:
|World War I:||5/9/1916-11/11/1918|
|World War II:||12/07/1941-12/31/1946|
How to Apply
The process of applying for this benefit involves gathering quite a bit of information and completing some VA forms. The application can be well worth your effort and time since it can help you reduce in-home care costs. Also, this benefit tends to be greatly underutilized. Please visit http://www.veteranaid.org/program.php for more information on how to apply.
Contact information for the local Veteran’s Office is:
Jefferson, Oldham and Shelby Counties
321 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502 595-4447 or 1800-928-4012