Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit

What is the aid and attendance pension benefit?

Aid and attendance is a tax-free benefit distributed to eligible honorably discharged veterans or their surviving spouses. It’s the highest level of Veterans Administrations Improved Pension Program. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Veteran must have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty, at least one day during a period of war. Active combat is not a requirement.
  • Honorable discharge.
  • Require the need for assistance with activities of daily living. Assistance includes eating, bathing, dressing, walking and toileting. It’s not required to meet all of the assistance needs.
  • Monthly income and asset requirements.

A minimum age is not a requirement for benefits.

Those approved for benefits will receive a monthly benefit reimbursement for acceptable medical expenses from Veterans Administration. Acceptable medical expenses include home care, assisted living, and nursing home care. Monthly benefits can provide up to $1,794.00 per month for a veteran, $1,153.00 per month for a surviving spouse, $2,127.00 per month for a married veteran, and $2,846.00 for two married veterans.