Many Veterans are unaware of the benefits available to them for senior housing and home care. If you are a Veteran, we strongly encourage you to contact a local Veteran’s organization to inquire about the financial aid you have earned for the care you need.
If you are a veteran or the widow of a veteran, there may be a pension benefit that you are unaware of: it’s called Aid and Attendance and it is part of an improved pension offered by the Veterans Administration (VA).
What Does This Pension Benefit Do?
If you or spouse need assistance in daily living activities such as eating, dressing/undressing, using the bathroom, taking a bath, walking, etc. then the improved pension allows for you to receive additional monetary benefits if you qualify.
- Qualified Veterans may receive up to $1788 per month
- Qualified surviving spouses may receive up to $1149 per month
- Qualified couples may receive up to $2120 per month
- Qualified Veterans with a sick spouse may receive up to an additional $1406
Aid and Attendance is a VA pension benefit, which is different from VA compensation benefits. With pension benefits:
- You don’t have to have a service-related injury
- You don’t have to be retired from the military
- You don’t have to have been in combat
Am I Eligible?
If you are a Wartime Veteran who has served at least 90 days with an honorable discharge, or if you’re the surviving spouse of a veteran then you may qualify.
Some qualifying factors include but are not limited to:
- Veteran must have served 90 days active duty and 1 day during wartime to qualify.
- Veteran must have less than $80k of assets excluding home and vehicle to qualify.
- Veteran must be 70 years old and a medical evaluation from a doctor is required to qualify.
Visit Veteran Aide for more information and assistance in obtaining Veterans benefits.
Having the aide of a caregiver can help you or the veteran in your life stay in their own home for as long as possible. You served us faithfully, now let us do what we can for you.
*In order to receive benefits, all necessary paperwork must be filled out. Receipt of benefits may take several months. The good news is that once approved, the benefits are retroactive to the date of initial filing.