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Aid & Attendance Pension for Qualified Veterans

Understanding Aid and Attendance

The Veterans Administration established the Aid and Attendance pension in an effort to serve veterans in their time of need. The program offers financial support for assisted living care, based on the veteran’s time served, income history, and personal savings.

How it Works

In order for a veteran or a veteran’s surviving spouse to qualify for benefits, the veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with a minimum of one day served during a wartime period.

The individual must require the regular attendance of another person to assist with activities of daily living: such as eating, bathing, or dressing/undressing.

Financial Benefits

The Aid and Attendance benefit is available to help offset the cost of assisted living, independent living, personal care, and in-home care. Benefits are paid directly to the veteran or spouse (not the residential care community), and are retroactive to the date of application. The maximum pension amounts are as follows:

  • Veteran with Spouse: $2,120/month
  • Veteran Alone: $1,788/month
  • Surviving Spouse: $1,149/month

Eligible Dates of Service

Declared State of War:
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Vietnam War (if served in-country)
Gulf War

Time Period:
05/09/1916 – 11/11/1918
12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946
06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955
08/05/1964 – 05/07/1975
02/28/1961 – 05/07/1975
08/20/1990 – Present

Click Here for a listing of application requirements

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