The Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA) Aid and Attendance Program provides financial assistance (on top of VA improved pension or death pension) to those who require domestic care, whether in the home or in a facility.
In order to be eligible for Aid & Attendance the veteran/widow of a veteran must meet the following criteria:
- Veteran had to have served at least 90 consecutive days, one of which during a war time era
- Have a net worth under $138,489* (this does not include the value of a home or a vehicle)
- Veteran/Widow of a veteran must have out of pocket expenses for care whether it be at home, an assisted living home, or nursing home
*Net worth is subject to change.
This benefit is an income based benefit. The VA counts all house hold income in determining eligibility for the benefit. The easiest way to look at it is monthly income vs. monthly out of pocket medical expenses. The rate the VA will pay out is determined by the total medical expenses paid out monthly. If the medical expenses are exceeding their income, they will receive the maximum rate allotted for the benefit. (See Non-Service Connected Pension for current Aid & Attendance rates.)
Income is identified as any way a person receives money, including:
- Interest Income from All Sources
- Rental Income
- Social Security
Assistance in Applying
Do not attempt to file for this benefit on your own. Too often people attempt to apply for this without representation of a VSO and the benefit is delayed or denied due to inappropriate application or missing documentation. Call our office at 724-284-5352 and we will assist you through the application process.