The Aid and Attendance pension can offer significant financial help to veterans who are disabled or over the age of 65. To qualify for the Aid and Attendance program, a veteran must meet eligibility requirements in three areas: War-time service, medical need, financial need. The surviving spouse of a veteran may also qualify for this improved pension.
Qualify as a War-time Veteran
Any war-time veteran with 90 days of active duty may be eligible for this pension. At least one day of this active duty service must have been during a time of war, as recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible war periods include:
- World War II
- Korean Conflict
- Vietnam Era
- Persian Gulf War
To qualify as the surviving spouse of a war-time veteran, the marriage must have ended due to the death of veteran.
For a veteran to qualify medically, they must require the assistance of another individual to perform daily tasks. These daily tasks include (but are not limited to):
- Dressing/ Undressing
- Personal Care
- Preparing Meals
- Medical Services
A veteran may also qualify if they are blind. Furthermore, veterans and surviving spouses can qualify for the pension if they are residing in a nursing home or other assisted living care facility.
The Aid and Attendance benefit is a financial needs-based pension. Net income, net worth, and out-of-pocket medical expenses will be factored in when determining qualification of this pension. An application must be filed to determine eligibility. The application must include a DD-214 form, net income, net worth limitations, any deductions, a medical evaluation, and proof of out-of-pocket medical costs. Do you believe you or a loved one might qualify? Fill out our short form to be contacted by an Aid and Attendance expert today.