This VA pension benefit is available to veterans and surviving spouses who require regular care and assistance based on certain health conditions. This is a tax free benefit paid directly to the claimant to help offset the cost of care expenses provided in either the veterans’ home, assisted living community, independent living (in limited situations) or in a nursing home.
A veteran or the veteran’s surviving spouse may be eligible if the veteran:
- Was discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces under conditions that were not dishonorable AND
- Served at least one day (did not have to be served in combat) during the following wartime periods and had 90 days of continuous military service:
- World War I: April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918
- World War II: December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by Presidential Proclamation or Law.Military Service of the Veteran
- Health of the Claimant – Claimant needs regular assistance with at least two of the following: walking, transferring, bathing, eating, dressing, toileting or medication management.
- Family Income vs. Medical Expenses – If “allowable” medical expenses exceed income, applicant qualifies for full benefit
- Family Assets – VA focuses on excessive liquid assets.
Pension Benefit Amounts – 2016
Veteran $1,788 $21,456
Surviving Spouse $1,149 $13,788
Veteran & Spouse $1,403 $16,836
(spouse needs care)
Veteran & Spouse $2,120 $25,440
(veteran needs care)
If you or your spouse thinks that they may qualify for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit, please give Golden Heart a call at 702-800-4616 and we can help you navigate this process.