What is the aid and attendance benefit?
This is a benefit paid to veterans or spouses of a veteran who require the "aid and attendance" of another person for activities of daily living (ADLs) or for those that are homebound. This benefit is awarded in addition to the veteran's basic monthly pension.
This Special Pension (part of the VA Improved Pension program) is available to individuals who reside in assisted living communities, residential care homes, skilled nursing facilities and those receiving personal in-home care.
Is the benefit available to all veterans?
The benefit is specifically for veterans who have served during wartime. A Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active Wartime 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.
How do you apply for the benefit?
Most senior living communities can refer you to a professional who will assist you in the completion of the necessary documentation. You may also apply by contacting your Regional Veteran's Administration Office. To locate the closest regional office to you, visit the VA website.
How long does it take for the benefit to be approved?
On average, it can take between 10 - 12 months for benefits to be approved. The good news is that if approved, the benefit is awarded retroactively to the time of application.
If my parents were divorced, is my mother (as a former spouse) eligible for the benefit?
Typically, no. If you have other questions about the Veteran's Aid and Attendance Benfit, please call us. If we can't answer your questions, we'll be sure to connect you to someone who can.
For more information about this benefit, please contact your local Veteran's Administration office.