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What is the Veteran Aid and Attendance Pension?

Posted by Memorial Planning Svcs on July 25, 2010 at 2:15 PM

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies. To qualify for A&A it needs to be established by your physician that you require daily assistance by others to dress, undress, bathing, cooking, eating, taking on or off of prosthetics, leave home etc. You DO NOT have to require assistance with all of these. There simply needs to be adequate medical evidence that you cannot function completely on your own.

The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,632 per month to a veteran, $1,055 per month to a surviving spouse, or $1,949 per month to a couple*.



Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. (Form 21-534 surviving spouse) (Form 21-526 Veteran.) This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.

A DD-214 is issued to military members upon separation from active service. DD-214s were issued to separated service members beginning in the 1950's. The term "DD-214" is often used generically to mean "separation papers" or "discharge papers", no matter what form number was used to document active duty military service. If the VA has a copy of a DD-214, it is usually because the veteran attached a copy (or sometimes, the original) to his or her application for disability or education benefits. If you've lost your original DD-214 or a copy and you are receiving (or applied for in the past) disability or education benefits from the VA, they may have a copy (or the original, if you gave it to them) on file. At the very least, if you are currently receiving benefits (or did in the past), they should be able to provide a Statement of Service, which can be used instead of a "DD-214".

To request a copy of a DD-214 visit www.vetrec.archives.gov.


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ELIGIBILITY FOR THE AID & ATTENDANCE PENSION


Any War-Time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension. A surviving spouse (marriage must have ended due to death of veteran) of a War-Time Veteran may also apply. The individual applying must qualify both medically and financially. To see the periods of war that have been qualified by Congress, Click Here.

To qualify medically, a War-Time Veteran or surviving spouse must need the assistance of another person to perform daily tasks, such as eating, dressing, undressing, taking care of the needs of nature, etc. Being blind or in a nursing home for mental or physical incapacity, or residing in an assisted living facility also qualifies.

Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.

To qualify financially, an applicant must have on average less than $80,000 in assets, EXCLUDING their home and vehicles.


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4 Comments

Reply dean barbettini
11:11 AM on August 2, 2010 
I have rec. your letter , but no one has gotten back to me. Dated July 12 2010. No one has gotten back to me? (rep). Like to know more about funeral planning. Phone 209-826-9951. Please let me know.
Reply Craig Koch
10:59 AM on August 7, 2010 
This is a wonderful benefit. There is a free worksheet at www.VeteransCareAdvisors.com to help people understand the 5 qualifying criteria and figure out how much they can get from teh VA each month.
Reply cautrey
3:00 PM on March 18, 2011 
We have consulted with thousands of Veterans and their surviving spouses on how to qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension. The pension has been in existence since 1952. Most do not know about it. Aid and Attendance is for those 65 and older in need of care either living in their home, assisted living or nursing home care. This tax free pension is worth from $1,056-$1,949 a month and directly deposited into your bank account. http://www.seniorcareassociates.co http://www.seniorcareassociates.com
Reply Debbie
11:02 AM on December 23, 2012 
Visit www.veteranaid.org to learn more about this pension.