An important fact about the Aid and Attendance pension benefit is available not only to veterans, but to their spouses as well. The financial assistance provided can have a great impact on the lives of those in need, but sadly it is often overlooked when considering options available to spouses.
Which Spouses are Eligible?
Spouses of both living and deceased veterans are potentially eligible, though surviving spouses must not have remarried. Criteria for eligibility are similar for spouses and surviving spouses, though income restrictions differ for the two.
There are three general requirements that must be met for eligibility. The first deals with the service of the veteran. They must have served at least 90 days of active service with at least one of those days being during a period of war.
If the veteran meets this criteria, the spouse must then show that they require the help of another person to help perform daily tasks or that they need to be in an assisted living facility. Finally, they must have limited income. Countable household income for a spouse of a living veteran must be below $24, 239, while that of a surviving spouse must be below $13, 138.
Each dependent child increases these limits by $2, 093. These limits are set yearly by Congress, so it is important to check with the VA website for accurate information at the time of application. For a more detailed discussion of income limits and how to determine your countable income, please see my post on income limits.
It is important to know all of the options available to you when you are looking for financial assistance for medical expenses. If you believe you may qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension benefit and would like a free consultation, fill out the form to the right to contact us.