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What is an Aid and Attendance benefit?

Status: Open    Sep 14, 2014 - 04:10 AM

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Aug 04, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Aid and Attendance is a MONTLY income benefit that is paid by the Veterans Administration to active war time veterans, or surviving spouses. One of the important eligibility criterion relates to whether an applicant’s other recurring income is consumed by unreimbursed medical expenses. This can often occur if a veteran or spouse is in an assisted living facility, or requiring home health care. Those that are interested in obtaining Aid & Attendance should consider meeting with an elder law attorney who is experienced in the eligibility rules for Aid & Attendance and Medicaid. Both programs have important roles in assisting in financing long-term care, but each programs eligibility rules regarding assets, income and gift transfers are completely different. Also, be forewarned, the VA is considering adopting stringent rules in 2016 regarding gifting, annuities and trusts. Expert advice is an absolute necessity. To find a list of Certified Elder Law Attorneys in your area, visit:

Aug 05, 2015 - 04:45 AM

Good Question! The VA has a Pension Program for wartime veteran's and their surviving spouses - you have to meet certain income and asset tests get receive the Pension and then the Pension can be awarded at higher levels depending on your physical need - currently you can receive Basic Pension, Basic pension with Housebound status or Basic Pension with Aid and Attendance. Aid and Attendance means you need the assistance of another person with an activity of daily living. The income test allows you to deduct medical expenses, if you need the assistance of anotehr person with two activities of daily living, you can deduct your facility care as long as you meet certain criteria.

It is important to realize that the term "Aid and Attendance" is a medical rating with in the VA system and not the name of a benefit. You can have Pension with Aid and Attendance and if you are 100% Disabilited and need the Aid and Attendance of anotehr person becuase fo your service connected injury, you can have anadditional amount added to your compensation payment. This can cause confusion in applying if you are working with someone who is focused on compensation claims.

For a list of VA accredited agents, see and click Claims Agent.

Aug 10, 2015 - 07:04 AM

Aid and Attendance is a pension benefit available to veterans and their surviving spouses to cover the cost of acceptable medical expenses, such as home care, for non-service related medical conditions. To qualify for this benefit a veteran must have served 90 consecutive days or more with one of the days falling during a period of war or conflict. In addition, specific medical and financial requirements must be met.


Sep 21, 2014 - 09:43 PM

This is a benefit offered by the Veteran's Administration to war time veterans who meet certain criteria. For more information contact the Veteran's Administration.

Dec 02, 2014 - 09:21 AM

I just completed this process for my father with positive results.
The Aid & Attendance applies to all veterans that served DURING a military action. My uncle served in Korea. At the same time my father served in Germany during the occupation force, therefore my father is eligible for benefits.
Order the Benefits for Veterans Dependents and Survivors. I have the 2013 edition (866-512-1800). Pages 44 & 45.
I couldn't do it alone. I hired "the Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC.
533 Church st
Suite 23Nashville, Tn 37219
They are highly recommended and are VA Accredited.
They are a law firm that will work Pro Bono, however, for $700.00 you will be able to access the entire firm. I did that and couldn't be happier. I asked for Katie Gooch and she sent me all the info to get started.
The bottom line is that my father received an substantial monthly payment and a retroactive payment from the day we filed.
Best wishes,
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