The “Aid and Attendance” Pension Benefit from the VA

The “Aid and Attendance” is the term for a benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that is available to qualifying wartime Veterans and their surviving spouses.  Aid and Attendance is part of the VA’s Disability and Death Pension programs.

“Aid and Attendance” refers to the fact that in order to qualify for this higher level of Pension, the Veteran or surviving spouse must demonstrate a regular need for the assistance of a caregiver or the need to live in a protected environment because of physical or mental impairment. Such assistance is most commonly provided in an assisted living community or at home through a home care agency. If the Veteran does not require Aid and Attendance, but has a low household income, they may be eligible for a base pension of a lesser dollar amount.

Maximum Monthly Benefits (2022)
Veteran Couple (both vets):  $3,261/monthly
Veteran with Spouse: $2,431/monthly
Single Veteran: $2,050/monthly
Surviving Spouse: $1,318/monthly

Rules for Qualification

  • Served at least one day of active duty during a wartime period
  • Honorably Discharged
  • Doctor’s statement stating you are in need of assistance with two or more activities of daily living (ADLs)

Eligible Periods of Service

World War II: 12/7/1941 – 12/31/1946
Korean War: 6/27/1950 – 1/31/1955
Vietnam War: 2/28/1961 (in country) and 8/5/1964 – 5/7/1975

You can obtain the application From Patriot Angels but please don’t go it alone. It’s a lengthy and complicated process. Let a professional person help you. Please ask me for this referral!

Thank you for your service!