For years I've joined senior care professionals around the country in touting a national program called Veterans Aid and Attendance. It targets wartime vets, now age 65 or over, who served in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, (also the Gulf War), helping them pay for personal care at home or in group care settings.
It's a laudable program which helps many vets fill in the gap between the high costs of medical care and their fixed incomes.
Just yesterday, though, I discovered a wrinkle in this program. And a great one. The spouse of a wartime veteran can also get financial help for medical expenses, to the tune of as much as $1348 a month.
The idea makes sense: Helping the spouse aids the caregiving vet in battling the stresses which accompany that difficult role.
The program has limits on income and assets. In addition, the disabled vet or spouse must need help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, etc.
Pass the word along: to any older disabled vet or an able-bodied vet caring for a spouse. Perhaps your parent could benefit. For more information, contact http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp