Veteran Aid Task Force
Sgt Leasha West, USMC
Veteran Aid and Task Force™
Founded by Sgt. Leasha West, USMC, we are a community service outreach conducted by volunteers. The Veteran Aid Task Force™ works closely with VA Accredited Service Officers and VA Accredited Attorneys to ensure claims are processed accurately. We are not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
We are dedicated to helping qualified Veterans and their widows receive the benefits they so richly deserve.
To preserve the dignity of the Veteran and to reduce the dependency on the Medicaid system.
Veteran Aid Task Force™ is a public service whose personnel have been trained to seek out Veterans and their Widows who may be entitled to the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, particularly the Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit.
There is NO cost associated with these services. Not to the facility, to any resident of the facility, or to their family members.
We will work with any Veteran or the Widow of a Veteran, in obtaining their allowable benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NOBODY will ever be denied our services.
How it Works
Please watch the two minute video for more information on the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. (Click on the ► button on the video screen to start the NBC News Report.)
Veteran Benefits - and Rightfully So!
The incalculable value of the contributions of our Veterans to our country is rarely fully comprehended. Likewise, the full value of the non-service connected improved pension benefit available for our Veterans and their widows is rarely comprehended either. This benefit is so misunderstood that senior facilities and family members of seniors often pay $500 to $1,500 just to gain information about and finally obtain it. Yet this improved pension benefit has been available for Veterans since November 1, 1951.
To meet the military qualifications, a Veteran has to have served 90 days active duty (one of which was during wartime), have a discharge of any kind other than dishonorable, and be either age 65 or disabled. In addition, the Veteran or his widow must also meet other means testing criteria for their income and assets. When properly understood, neither of these is as exclusionary as they first appear.
So why all the confusion and misunderstanding?
First is the very name of the benefit itself, an "Improved Pension" benefit. Everyone in America thinks you only get a pension benefit from your employer after a significant number of years of service, usually 20 or 30. Even the military has a 20 or 30 year retirement pension benefit. No one believes there are any benefits due after only 90 days of employment. But there is a benefit for our Veterans and their widows. And rightfully so!
Second, one of the military qualifications mentioned earlier is being disabled or at least age 65. Again, as Americans, we might expect there to be a benefit for someone if they were disabled as a result of their employment. But not if it is non-employment related. And definitely not just because they turned 65! Indeed some might even object that just because they reached age 65 they are grouped together with those who are disabled. And not even disabled as a result of their military service. But again, examine the name of the benefit, non-service connected. There is a benefit for our 65 year old Veterans and their widows. And rightfully so!
Finally, there are income limitations for those considering their eligibility for this benefit. And as Americans we all know what income is. But actually, very few of us know how the Department of Veterans Affairs considers income for this benefit. Income minus UME = IVAP! Indeed they call it IVAP or Income for Veterans Affairs Purposes, which is income minus un-reimbursed medical expenses (UME). Many do not expect to receive a benefit based in part upon their un-reimbursed medical expenses. But there is for our Veterans and their widows. And rightfully so!
The services and sacrifices of our Veterans and their widows have played, and continue to play, a huge and significant role in the history of our country. The improved pension benefit needs to play, or better said, pay, a significant role in the lives of our Veterans and their widows. We need to remember the words of President Abraham Lincoln, who when speaking about the purposes of the VA said, ". . . to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphan..." And rightfully so!
All services provided by the Veteran Aid Task Force™ are FREE of charge to The Facilities, Senior Centers, Churches, Veterans/Widow of Veterans and their Families. And rightfully so!
Eligibility & Requirements
★Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
★Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.
★A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.
★Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.
★Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA.
★Must be 65 years and older or totally disabled.
Eligible Periods of War
World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.
Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive.
Vietnam era: The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases.
Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.
For a veteran to qualify medically, they must require the assistance of another individual to perform daily tasks. These daily tasks include (but are not limited to):
A veteran may also qualify if they are blind. Furthermore, veterans and surviving spouses can qualify for the pension if they are residing in a nursing home or other assisted living care facility.
The best reciprocation that family members can provide for their beloved veterans is a loving and attentive environment in which they can age gracefully. With the helpful supplementation offered by the Aid and Attendance pension program, there is no excuse that any veteran should be without access to his or her choice of aging services.
Home care entails a number of services offered by skilled nurses, home aides, or family members to facilitate everyday activities within the comfort of home. These services, often partially or fully covered by Aid and Attendance assistance, include but are not limited to basic custodial functions, hygienic assistance, assistance with completing medical paperwork, cooking, and in-house medical examination. This method of care is especially viable and efficient when home care agencies and the people they serve accurately assess need and assign care.
★Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities offer an appropriate mediation between the more independent home care setting and fully institutionalized care for residents who need moderate care. Slightly more intensive than the services offered in home care, assisted living medical staff administer medication, clothe, bathe, and transport patients to different areas of the facility. Upon achieving eligibility for Aid and Attendance pension benefits, veterans and their family members can choose from hundreds of assisted living facilities.
★Skilled Nursing Homes
Also accepting Aid and Attendance, skilled nursing home facilities offer fully comprehensive around-the-clock care to people in need of professional assistance. A telling indication of the quality of care in skilled nursing home facilities is the posted ratio of CNAs, or Certified Nursing Assistants, to patients. The assistance of registered nurses and medical doctors fully encompass any medical needs that may occur, including acute and chronic care, all hygienic and personal needs, as well as transportation.
★Adult Day Services
Adult day services facilities are principally designed to inform, socially stimulate, and care for elderly people in need of supervision or want of company. Family members and caregivers often oversee meetings and activities within these facilities. Information about the various facets of aging gracefully, staying active, and enjoying life are available in adult day services for elderly people who wish to stay independent and healthy in the company of beloved family members and friends.