Veterans or dependents in receipt of compensation or pension, or their spouses (in the case of compensation) or surviving spouses qualifying for, or receiving a death pension, may meet the qualifications for HB or & benefit. This means that they may be entitled to additional disability compensation or pension benefits. claimant is considered housebound when they are unable to leave their residence. For example, they may only be ambulatory with the use of a wheelchair or Rascal. In order for them to leave the house to shop or keep medical appointments, someone else must take them. nother aspect of this entitlement is when the V determines that the veteran requires the regular aid and attendance of another person. More specifically, claimants who are unable to bathe, clothe, or feed themselves usually meet the & requirement. Certainly, those that live in a nursing home or community assisted living facility fit this category
We have found that it is usually not commonly known that the spouses of service connected disabled veterans rated 30% or higher may also be considered for &. If & is approved for the spouse of a service connected (SC) disabled veteran, the monthly compensation amount will be increased. The circumstances described above require an application that includes a statement from the doctor and the institution (nursing home or community assisted living facility).
When certain scheduler requirements are met (the veteran has a single service-connected disability rated at 100% and has additional SC disability or disabilities independently ratable at 60%, separate and distinct from the 100% disability, and involving different anatomical segments or bodily systems OR the veteran is substantially confined to the home or institution as a direct result of SC disabilities, and it is reasonably certain that the confinement is permanent), the claimant should be awarded special monthly compensation at the housebound rate. This is referred to as Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) Housebound Rate ward.
For information on any veteran benefit, contact your County Veterans Service Officer whose phone number is in the blue or white pages of your phone directory or available on the website: www.wicvso.org.