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Veterans Aid and Attendance

The Veterans Administration offers a health benefit as part of the Veterans' Improved Pension Benefit commonly referred to as "Aid and Attendnace." The program provides for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication management, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits It also includes individuals who need assisted care in an assisted living community. Most Veterans who are in need of assistance qualify for this tax free pension.

Aid and Attendance is often overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a "Pension Benefit" and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,704 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,094 per month. A couple is eligible for up to $2,020 per month.

To qualify for Aid and Attendance it needs to be established by your physician that you require daily assistance by others to dress, undress, bathing, cooking, eating, taking on or off of prosthetics, leave home etc. You do not have to require assistance with all of these. There simply needs to be adequate medical evidence that you cannot function completely on your own. The Veteran, either alive or deceased, must have served ninety consecutive days active duty with at least one day during wartime with an honorable discharge. Military retirement pensions do not prevent the eligible Veteran or spouse from qualifying for Aid and Attendance.

In the case of a surviving spouse, the deceased Veteran must have met the service criteria. The widowed spouse must have been married to the Veteran at the time of his or her death and never remarried. In addition, he or she must have been married to the Veteran for at least one year or have had children by the Veteran.

Veterans Benefit Assistance Program provides an accredited Veterans Administration attorney to assist our families with a pre-filing consultation which includes an evaluation of eligibility, pre-filing application checklist and free filing assistance. For more information, please contact us at 1.866.657.3621 or email

* cannot guarantee an individual's eligibility or approval for a VA pension. The final decision on such matters is administered solely by the Veterans Administration. We do not claim to represent the Veterans Administration nor do we speak on their behalf.