California Veterans

The husband is at the Veterans Home paying his dad\’s rent for the month.  I bet nobody knows, that if you or you know someone who is a  California Veteran, that no veteran will be denied admission due to a lack of income. For those veterans who have income, state law requires that they pay a percentage of their income as member fees. Member fees help reduce the amount of state tax dollars needed to operate CalVet Homes, thus allowing the California Department of Veterans Affairs to care for a greater number of veterans. 
Regardless of fee calculations, residents shall retain $165.00/month. 

Fees are: 
  •  Residential Care: 47.5 percent of your income. 
  •  Residential Care for the Elderly or assisted living: 55 percent of your income. 
  •  Intermediate Care: 65 percent of your income. 
  •  Skilled Nursing Home Care: 70 percent of your income. 
  •  Note: If you receive aid and attendance (A&A) benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the entire A&A amount is payable to the VHC​ 
This covers absolutely everything! 
At first, when Pops moved in, he didn\’t have very much leftover each month. His only income was his Social Security. But the staff there researched and found some eligible pensions for WW2 Veterans that we never knew existed for him. Plus he is documented as being part of the south pacific crew that unloaded the boxes for Little Boy. He had forgotten that and we were very pleased that they had people there dig into his records. So he was able to get even more benefits. All in all, he is able to put away a substantial amount of savings. Unlike SSI or SSDI, whatever assets he has, is not used against his benefits. 
It is a wonderful place. They are building a large VA clinic across the street which should be done sometime in 2021. That will be convenient – for them. 
We are extremely grateful, that he has this benefit. – Sadly there was no way, we could do this ourselves and privately, he just didn\’t have the money. He can be difficult. Before coming here, he was living with his wife in Wisconsin. He started to get mean – he tripped his wife with his cane several times and her family decided to ship him to us, here in California without telling us. ELDER DUMPING. WE get a call about an hour before he was to arrive at Sacramento airport. Here he was, late 80\’s, in a wheelchair and slightly disoriented. We couldn\’t find him – and he was basically missing for a week or two. Finally, we get a call from a shelter here in town. He had been living on the streets – had suffered some mini stocks due to the trauma and we got called under the rug from Adult Protective Services. We explained our side and he stayed in the hospital for about a month before they transferred him to the only nursing home that was available to take him. I hated that place – it smells of urine in the hallways. As soon as he was living here for 1 year as a California resident, he was able to apply. It took about 9 months before he was approved and was able to move.
The CalVet Home is like a home. So warm and welcoming. My son works there and my daughter-in-law used to work there (that is where they met and fell in love) PLus my husband used to work there so we have eyes and ears and then some, keeping an eye on my FIL while we can\’t be there. 

From My House – For the homemaking side of me

5 thoughts on “California Veterans

  1. Anonymous November 10, 2020 / 1:32 am

    Sounds as if California is doing right by its vets.God bless.


  2. Anonymous November 10, 2020 / 4:41 am

    That is neat of the services provided for the veterans and that this particular place helped your FIL get more benefits. It saddens me to see so many homeless vets. betty


  3. Anonymous November 10, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Thank you so much for all the information. My husband is a veteran. He was a combat medic in Desert Storm. He is service connected, but I had no idea about this. I'll definitely pass this information along to our other veteran friends here in California. Thank you again.


  4. Anonymous November 10, 2020 / 10:12 pm

    It is sad to see so many homeless vets but if they are homeless and not drug addicted or alcohol dependent, they are first on the list. Sadly, many of them do not want to live there because they would have to stop using drugs and drinking, although in the retirement side, they do have open bars. Its that old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink” plays in here.


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