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 AttendanceThe 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.

How Much is the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit?

Applicant(s) Aid and Attendance Monthly Benefit Amount for 2017
Veteran $1,794
Veteran with Spouse $2,127
Veteran with Sick Spouse $1,410
Surviving Spouse $1,153
Two Veterans Married $2,846

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.

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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."

Source: Generation America Reports "One Woman’s Determination to Make a Difference"

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