Veteran’s Benefits Flyer
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR NON-SERVICE CONNECTED AID AND ATTENDANCE
Veteran, Widowed Spouse, and Dependent or Disabled Child (any may be Claimant)
Veteran must have served at least 90 days Active Duty with one day of the 90 during a qualified war period (90 days must generally be consecutive, with some exceptions)
Veteran must have had an “Other Than Dishonorable Discharge”
Claimant’s physician must declare him/her as housebound and in need of assistance from another individual, which may include services offered by assisted living
Claimant’s household out-of-pocket yearly medical expenses must exceed or come close to his/her total yearly household gross income (total yearly cost of assisted living is typically considered a medical expense)
Claimant’s and spouse’s total countable assets cannot exceed $127,000 in 2019. Countable assets include bank accounts, CDs, money market accounts, investment accounts, annuities, retirement accounts, life insurance cash surrender values, real property, etc. The primary residence is not considered a countable asset.
Widowed spouse must have been married to the Veteran for at least 1 year, OR have had children by the Veteran if married less than 1 year, AND never remarried
Widowed spouse must have been living with the Veteran at the time of the Veteran’s death, unless the separation was due to medical or military reasons (there may be some exceptions related to separations due to abuse)
Minor or disabled adult children may qualify for limited benefits on their own
2019 Maximum Pension Rates for Aid and Attendance
Single Veteran $1,830.00 per month or $21,962.00 per year
Married Veteran $2,169.00 per month or $26,036.00 per year
Widowed Spouse $1,176.00 per month or $14,113.00 per year
Once awarded Aid and Attendance or Housebound Status, a Veteran may obtain free medications, medical equipment, incontinence supplies, glasses, and hearing aides from the VA Hospital/Clinic via U.S. mail without going to the VA clinic or hospital. A separate application must be made through the health care system.
**Note: Each VA claim is unique and the above criteria is generic in nature and may not be applicable to each Claimant.