Veterans’ Aid & Attendance Pension
If you are a Veteran, a Veteran’s spouse, or the widow of a Veteran, you may be eligible to obtain tax free income from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Improved Pension for Aid and Attendance Pension is designed to provide a monthly pension to war time Veterans or Surviving Spouses who need a supplement to their income to pay for extended care or long term assistance.
Am I Eligible?
You must fulfill at least ONE of the medical requirements and ALL of the service and financial requirements to be eligible for the Aid & Attendance Pension.
- The Veteran requires the aid & attendance of another person in order to perform personal functions; OR
- The Veteran is bedridden; OR
- The Veteran is in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity; OR
- The Veteran is blind or nearly blind
- The Veteran must have served at least 90 days of active service;
- The Veteran cannot have a dishonorable discharge from service;
- The Veteran must have at least one day of service during a wartime period:
- World War II
- December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict
- June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War
- August 5, 1964 (Feb. 28, 1961, for Veterans who served “in country” before Aug. 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975
- Persian Gulf War
- August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.
- World War II
- Eligible Veterans or Surviving Spouses have monthly income that is less than the amount of their un-reimbursed medical expenses.
- There is no formal asset limit for the Aid & Attendance Pension. However, the Veterans Administration will apply a complicated calculation to determine whether the applicant has excess assets.
What Benefits Can I Get?
If you are eligible, you may be able to receive a monthly pension of up to:
- $1,788/month for a Single Veteran
- $2,120/month for a Veteran and Spouse
- $1,149/month for a Surviving Spouse
- $2,837/month for a Veteran married to a Veteran (both A&A)
This pension can be used to pay for many different typing of long term care, including payment of family caregivers.
How can Anderson Elder Law help?
If you are a war time Veteran (or Surviving Spouse or of a war time Veteran) and your income is being consumed by un-reimbursed medical expenses, it may be possible for us to plan for you to become eligible to receive the Aid & Attendance Pension.
However, it is vital to integrate any planning that you undertake for the Aid & Attendance Pension with your overall long-term care planning to insure that your eligibility for future Medicaid benefits is NOT jeopardized.
Linda Anderson is accredited through the Veterans Administration to provide legal assistance to Veterans in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits. Our knowledgeable staff will help you navigate the entire process so that you can get the care you need, as well as the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension to which you are entitled.