Aid & Attendance Pension
The Aid and Attendance (A & A) Pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of senior care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.
To qualify for the A & A Pension, a veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day being during a period designated as wartime. For example, service might have included days in one or more of these time periods:
- World War II: December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955.
- Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975. (Or February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, for a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period.)
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date yet to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.
The veteran does not need to have a disability or injury related to military service, but must be at least 65 years of age. In addition, he or she must require care or assistance related to activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, undressing, taking care of the needs of nature, etc. Veterans who are blind or veterans who are physically or mentally handicapped and are residents in a nursing home or assisted care facility also qualify. A medical statement from a physician and documentation of medical expenses may also be required.
Financial limits also apply to eligibility for the Veterans’ A & A Pension. An applicant must have on average less than $80,000 in assets, excluding his or her home and vehicles.
A widow of a wartime veteran may also apply. The individual applying must qualify both medically and financially.
The Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Pension is available to veterans who qualify by virtue of age, current health conditions, and financial status. A veteran does not need to have had service-related injuries or illness to qualify for compensation.
Upon approval of his or her application for the A & A pension, a veteran is eligible for up to $1,794 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,153 per month. This pension benefit can be used for care in the home or an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Veterans’ Disability Compensation
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions, or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service—no matter when or where they served—may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits. The disability compensation is intended to make up for income they may be unable to earn due to a disabling condition.
Qualifying for the veterans’ disability compensation requires that the veteran provide documentation of the following:
- Having a current physical or mental disability.
- Having had an injury or disease in service or experienced an event in service that caused or aggravated an injury or disease.
- Being able to demonstrate a link between the current disability and the event, injury, or disease in military service.
Once his or her application has been accepted for veterans’ disability compensation, the veteran will receive a tax-free benefit amount proportional to the extent of the disability. The amount may be increased if the veteran provides for a spouse, parents, or dependent children, and the benefit may decrease in the future if the disabling condition is shown to have improved.
Veterans’ Pension Benefit
A veteran’s pension is needs-based and meant to provide income to make life more secure for veterans and their loved ones.
Wartime veterans with limited or no income who are age 65 or older or who have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability may qualify for a veteran’s pension. If an eligible veteran is housebound or requires the aid and attendance of another person to perform activities of daily living, he or she may qualify for a higher value pension benefit, or “Special Monthly Pension.”
A Survivor’s Pension may be available to a surviving spouse or dependent children of a deceased veteran who would qualify for the veterans’ pension.
All veterans’ benefits have stringent application criteria, and failure to provide appropriate documentation may result in delay or denial of benefits. Our experienced professionals can help you with the process.
For assistance in applying for the special veterans’ benefits you’ve earned, please schedule a consultation with Glenn A. Deig, the attorney on your side. On behalf of everyone on the Deig Team, we thank you for your service, and your support of loved ones who’ve served.