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Veteran Support & Resources

VA Aid and Attendance

What is VA Aid and Attendance?

VA Aid and Attendance provides a substantial monthly payment on top of existing VA pensions for eligible veterans and surviving spouses. This supplemental income is added to the VA Pension or Survivors Pension to help cover the cost of long-term senior care.

Veterans who have difficulty completing daily activities on their own may be eligible for aid and attendance benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers monthly benefits added to VA pension benefits for veterans who qualify.

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VA Aid and Attendance Eligibility

You may be eligible for this benefit if you get a VA pension and you meet at least one of these requirements.

At least one of these must be true:

  • You need another person to help you perform daily activities, like bathing, feeding, and dressing, or

  • You have to stay in bed—or spend a large portion of the day in bed—because of illness, or

  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability, or

  • Your eyesight is limited (even with glasses or contact lenses you have only 5/200 or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less)

How much will the VA pay for Assisted Living

The amount of money a veteran or surviving spouse receives from the VA Aid and Attendance program depends on a figure called income for VA purposes (IAVP). IAVP is the income of the applicant and their spouse, minus the unreimbursed cost of health care, provided those expenses exceed 5% of the income.

The current maximum monthly VA Pension amounts including Aid and Attendance are:

  • $1,937 for a single veteran

  • $2,296 for a veteran plus a spouse or one dependent

  • $3,072 for two married veterans who both qualify

  • $1,245 for a surviving spouse with no dependents

Additional VA Benefits for Elderly Veterans

Elderly Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, Veteran Readiness and Employment, and burial. See our Veterans page for an overview of the benefits available to all Veterans.

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