VA Pension "Aid & Attendance"

An overview of VA Aid & Attendance - the VA benefit you may never have heard about. [6:07]

Using a Caregiver Agreement to Qualify for VA Aid & Attendance [1:53]

The VA Pension "Aid & Attendance" Program Pays for Care

The VA Pension program, commonly known as "Aid & Attendance" is a VA program designed for all wartime veterans and their surviving spouses. It does not require the veteran to have been wounded or disabled while serving. Aid & Attendance is specifically designed to help with long-term care costs, including home health care, assisted living, and care in a nursing home.

Aid and Attendance is not a retirement benefit. It does not require the veteran to have retired from active service, and it can be paid in addition to a regular military retirement benefit. Benefits to an eligible veteran can be over $27,000 annually to help with medical and long-term care costs. Spouses are eligible for a reduced benefit. All benefit payments are tax free and made directly to the veteran or spouse. 

The Five Requirements to Qualify for VA Aid & Attendance Benefits

  1. At Least 90 Days of Active Duty Military Service

  2. At Least 1 Day During a Period of Conflict (see Wartime Dates) 

  3. Cannot Be Dishonorably Discharged

  4. Have Long-term Care Costs

  5. Meet Income and Asset Eligibility Requirements

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A Closer Look at the Requirements

1) 90 Days Active Duty

The 90 days of active duty does not need to be consecutive. Also, active duty is simply that, and does not require being in combat.

2) One Day During a Period of Conflict

You only need one day of

wartime service!

3) Cannot Have a Dishonorable Discharge

4) Long-Term Care Costs

These are on-going, recurring long-term care costs, which might include home-care, assisted living or care in a nursing home. In some cases a family caregiver may qualify for the benefit. Long-term care costs requires demonstrating that the veteran or their spouse requires assistance with daily living tasks such as bathing, cooking, eating and dressing. A physician must document the need for care.

5) Meet Income and Asset Eligibility Requirements

The VA imposes standards that limit income and assets that a veteran or surviving spouse can have and be eligible for these benefits. Asset limits (currently approximately $131,000, excluding your home, vehicle and certain other assets) and income limits (based on your household gross income minus the maximum annual pension rate) are strictly applied. Gifts or transfers of assets are subject to a 3-year review or "look-back" period. The calculations can be complicated and review by a qualified VA accredited attorney is valuable. 

 

For individuals with excess assets, legal planning steps can allow you to qualify more quickly. For more on this, please get in contact with us. 

Wartime Dates

  • World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946

  • Korean War: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955

  • Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975

  • Physically present in Vietnam: February 28, 1961 – May 6, 1971

  • Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 – date to be determined

Call   (405) 435-9700

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Aaron Parks is a VA Accredited Attorney, #22876. This means he has undergone special training with the Department of Veterans Affairs to be able to assist and represent veterans in VA proceedings.

Neither Aaron Parks nor The Elder Care Law Center has any official affiliation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.