Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Program
Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Program provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular support of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing and other activities of daily living. The care provided in an assisting living facility may also qualify.
To qualify for A&A it needs to be established by your physician that you require daily assistance by others to dress, undress, bathing, cooking, taking of medicines, eating, taking on or off of prosthetics, leave home etc. You DO NOT have to require assistance with all of these. There simply needs to be adequate medical evidence that you cannot function completely on your own without assistance.
The A&A Pension can provide a monthly tax-free benefit of up to $2,837 for two married veterans, $2,120 per month for a married couple* where one is a veteran, $1,788 per month to a single veteran and $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse. This pension does not count against your Social Security payment.
*If only the spouse of a healthy veteran needs care, a married veteran could qualify for up to $1,404 per month.
Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. Form 21-526 Veteran. This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, care expense statements, and other documentation as needed.
To request a copy of a DD-214 visit www.vetrec.archives.gov.
U.S. Senior Vets, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, whose primary function is to educate Veterans, Surviving Spouses, and their families in obtaining Aid Attendance and Housebound Pension Benefits, is one of several groups that assist with the qualification and application process.
Watch this video to learn more about U.S. Senior Vets.
Christopher Lutzel, a Volunteer Veterans Advocate with U.S. Senior Vets can answer your questions regarding Aid and Attendance. He may be reached at (480) 219-8712 or by email Chris.L@VeteransLTC.com
Please review his professional profile at www.ethics.net/member-profiles/christopher-lutzel.
There are several organizations that assist with the qualification process and will work with the Veterans and their families with the application process. Listed below are several links of such organizations that provide this assistance.