The veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.

What is Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension?

Veterans Aid and Attendance

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit Rates for 2019

Applicant(s) Monthly Benefit Amount for 2019
Veteran $1,881
Veteran with Spouse $2,230
Veteran with Sick Spouse $1,438
Surviving Spouse $1,209
Two Veterans Married $2,984

Many families overlook the A&A pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse's medical expenses completely depletes their combined monthly income, the veteran can file as a veteran with a sick spouse.

How to Apply for Aid & Attendance

Start Here! How To Apply.

Connect with other veterans and families who are also filing to receive their benefits. Check out our forums!

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Who started

Debbie Burak is the founder of She is often asked why she took on the mission to educate our veterans and their families about a little known VA pension benefit referred to as "Aid and Attendance" that can help offset the costs of care for senior veterans and their widows.

Debbie Burak with Marine

She says, "The answer is a simple one - I know what it is to be that daughter out of hope, options, resources, and money to provide care for
aging parents."

Debbie discovered the VA Pension at the passing of her father, at the same time needing to move her mother to another assisted living facility. She also realized that her folks had missed out on over $160,000 by not knowing
about the VA pension her Dad as a WWII veteran would have been entitled to.

Debbie knew that she had information that could make a difference for others who were just now setting out on this journey of caring for an aging loved one, and so, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, was founded in 2005 to bring to light the VA’s Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit.

Debbie Burak

Debbie Burak is respected throughout the Eldercare industry for her tireless efforts acting as a Veteran’s Advocate, and is currently working with Congressional representatives to rewrite legislation that will help allow veterans better access to entitlements and benefits.

"My hope is that I can make a difference for someone else while paying honor to those who make the sacrifice and pay the price for our freedom."

Today is no longer a nonprofit but has continued its mission to assist veterans and their families with the Aid and Attendance benefit application process. We know the VA's website can be confusing and difficult to navigate so we have tried to make the information on VeteranAid as clear as possible. In addition to all the information one would need to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit, also offers resources to help seniors and their families find the right senior living service that is right for them. Because you have to be paying for senior care in order to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit we hope you will utilize these free services from A Place for Mom if you are looking for senior care options.

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