Your father’s war-time service may give him and your mother additional options. Here is some information to keep in mind, because The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has various programs that may help.
If your father has a service connected disability, there are special programs that can apply. You definitely should contact the VA to make sure that your father is receiving benefits resulting from his disability incurred through his military service.
Veterans without a service connected disability also can get help from the VA for care in the home, including these two programs:
- Veterans Pension, and The Housebound/Aid and Attendance Allowance Program. This program provides cash to eligible veterans who served on active duty during a war time period, including the Korean War. This can help to pay for home care or assisted living care. It also has benefits when the expenses can help when the veteran’s spouse needs care, or for the veteran’s surviving spouse after the veteran dies. Generally there is a base pension, and then an additional supplement as care costs increase. There is a cap to the payment.
- A Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services program (VD-HCBS). Developed in 2008 for eligible veterans of any age, this program provides veterans with a flexible budget to purchase services. Counseling and other supports for veterans are provided by the Aging Network in partnership with the VA.
Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs to view available VA health programs and services. You can call the VA at 800-827-1000 to obtain information about services available in your area.
Also, for North Carolina veterans, you should contact the North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs. There are offices in each county throughout North Carolina, with a local Veterans Service Officer to help NC veterans navigate VA benefits.
Often, there are asset limitations to some programs. If there is a homeplace and over $50,000 of investments, you may want to consult with an elder law attorney who is accredited to assist with VA benefits. It is important to implement trusts and other planning measures before applying for benefits.