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Eligible Periods of War?

This Benefit is for those veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring.

World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.

  Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive.

Vietnam era: The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases. (Note: From February 28, 1961 to Aug 4, 1964, vet must have boots on the ground.)

  Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.

 

VA AID & ATTENDANCE Program

The Aid & Attendance Benefit

The Department of Veteran Affairs offers a special benefit to war era veterans and their surviving spouses called Aid and Attendance.

Do I qualify for the Aid & Attendance Program?

This is a tax-free benefit designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of long term care in the home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home.

What is covered by the Aid & Attendance Program?

This Benefit is for those veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring.

Surviving Spouse $1,228 Monthly / $14,742 Annually
Single Veteran $1,911 Monthly / $22,939 Annually
Married Veteran $2,266 Monthly / $27,195 Annually
Two Vets Married $3,032 Monthly / $36,387 Annually
 Tax free Benefit

Eligibility  Requirements

  • Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
  • Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.
  • A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.
  • Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.
  • Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA.
  • Must be 65 years and older or totally disabled.