VA Aid & Attendance Benefits

VETERAN’S AID AND ATTENDANCE BENEFITS

Looking for extra funds to help pay for caregiving services in your home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home?  Are you a veteran, spouse of a veteran or widow of a veteran that served during a time of war?  If so, you may qualify for an under-utilized and much misunderstood benefit is sometimes referred to as Veteran’s Aid and Attendance, Improved Pension or Enhanced Pension.  A similar, but slightly different benefit is known as a Housebound Pension.  The  funds provided by these benefit program for veterans are often the difference between being able to afford to keep a frail elder at home and having to transfer them to a skilled nursing facility.

The maximum veteran’s benefit is approximately $1600-1900 per month for a veteran with 1 dependent and approximately $1000 per month for the widow(er).  Assets (not including house and other exempt assets) must be less than $50,000 for single or widow; and $80,000 for married veterans.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Any War Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active War time is eligible for this benefit.  A surviving spouse of a War Veteran may be eligible if married at the time of death.  The individual must qualify both medically and financially.  Assets cannot exceed eighty thousand dollars however, many things, including their home, vehicle, pre-paid funeral expenses and many other items may not be included in this number.  For further information regarding financial qualifications, consider seeking the referral from Executive Legal Services.

 

ELIGIBILITY DATES:

4/21/1898 – 7/15/1903

5/9/1916 – 11/11/1918

12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946

6/27/1950 – 1/31/1955

8/5/1964 – 5/7/1975

8/20/1990 – present

 

HOW QUICKLY WOULD I RECEIVE THE BENEFIT

The time frame is determined by the accuracy of the initial application.  The average process takes between 4-6 months.  However, the VA does pay retroactively from the date of application.  The resident is paid directly from the VA.  This program financially assists the resident with paying their monthly rent, care, and/or services.