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Understanding the Aid & Attendance Benefit
The Veterans' Administration offers a Special Pension with Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit that is largely unknown. Most find it hard to believe it exists, but it does and was enacted into law by Congress in 1951.
This Special Pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because
of mental or physical incapacity.
It is not a benefit for a person needing housekeeping or respite or part time care. Assisted care in an
assisted living facility also qualifies. This most important benefit is overlooked
by many families with Veterans
or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help
care for ailing parents or non-service connected
This is a "pension benefit" and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Most Veterans who are in need of assistance qualify for this pension.
Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in a nursing home, assisted living facility,
adult family home, or at home.
• Veterans must have served 1 day during an active war and had no less then
a 90 day service.
• Surviving spouses must still have been married to the veteran when they passed away.
• You must have a doctors order stating you need the aid and attendance of another person
on a regular basis.
• The benefit is need based and you must qualify, both medically and financially.
• You must have received an honorable discharge or general discharge.
• You can choose where you want to live as long as it is a credible facility or community.
• You may not qualify if you are on state assistance
(medicaid or another subsidized program due to your low income).
• Processing time averages 6–9 months, but it paid retroactively from the date of application.