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What is Aid and Attendance for Veterans?
The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an "Improved Pension" benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension allows veterans and spouses of veterans who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, eating, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or using the restroom to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes those who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted living facility care 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 loved ones. This is a "pension benefit" and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. A veteran is eligible for up to $1,794 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,153 per month. A veteran with a spouse is eligible for up to $2,127 per month and a veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,410 per month.
Many families overlook the A&A benefit as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. But 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.
The Aid and Attendance benefit is considered to be the third tier of the VA's Improved Pension. The other two tiers are known as "Basic" and "Housebound". Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications. While the objective of this site is to disseminate information on the Aid and Attendance level of the pension, often referred to as A&A, we encourage you to view the other two levels in the event you or your loved one does not qualify for A&A. Here is more information about the Basic and Housebound tiers. The Improved Pension is not a new benefit, and has in fact been an entitlement for 61 years sitting idle while millions have and still are missing out on.
Please browse this site using the menu on the top to learn more about the Aid & Attendance pension, FAQ's, eligibility requirements, how to apply, what to expect, and resources to help you with filing for this critical benefit. Our forum offers a wealth of information and insights to the process of filing for Aid and Attendance. Be sure to take advantage of this resource.
It is a privilege and an honor to recognize the sacrifice of service and to hopefully make a difference for your loved one.
Debbie Burak- Founder
Important Aid and Attendance Forms
- Standard Form 180
- VA Form 21-527EZ and VA Form 21-534EZ
- Fully Developed Claim for Veteran | Fully Developed Claim for Surviving Spouse
- Nursing Home Status Statement
- Physician's Statement Form
- Periods of War Eligible for A&A
- VA Form 21-0845 Authorization to Disclose Personal Information to a Third Party
- VA Form 21-601 Application for Accrued Amounts Due a Deceased Beneficiary
- VA Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim
- VA Form 21p-8614 Medical Expense Report
It's a good bet that any questions you may have about the VA Special Pension have been addressed in the VeteranAid.org forums. Thousands of members post questions and answers daily. If you don't have a question, you may have an answer for someone else.
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