U.S. war-time veterans and their survivors who need daily help and support with aging may be eligible for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Aid and Attendance benefit program. The program can help pay for needs at home or in a senior living community. But there is a process to follow and certain requirements that must be met.
To receive the Aid and Attendance benefit, veterans must be receiving a VA pension. The pension provides monthly payments to war-time veterans who were not dishonorably discharged and meet age, disability, income and net worth requirements – set at $138,489 for 2022. Specifically, veterans must meet one of the following:
Veterans from the Mexican Border period (i.e. 1916-1917) to the Gulf War (i.e. 1990- present) are eligible for the pension. Veterans who meet these requirements can apply at any time online, in person or by mail and qualified help is available.
The Aid and Attendance benefit is provided in addition to the amount received from the pension.
Veterans must meet at least one of the following requirements for eligibility:
However, the disability or need required for the Aid and Attendance benefit does not have to be a result of their military service. Such disabilities are covered by VA disability compensation.
Before completing an application for Aid and Attendance benefits, veterans must provide required documents including evidence documents, which are the same as those required to apply for the pension, and include evidentiary documents like:
In addition, veterans are required to have an examination to document their health status as defined in VA Form 21-2680, Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance, and if in assisted living or a nursing home, VA form 21-0779 Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection with Claim for Aid and Attendance.
Veterans must complete and mail VA form 2680 to the VA pension management center for their state or deliver it in person. If they are already living in a nursing home, VA form 21-0779 must also be submitted. The VA also recommends sending:
Once the claim is filed, veterans can follow their status online.
Veterans who are receiving a VA pension, meet the Aid and Attendance’s eligibility requirements and follow the necessary steps to apply, can reduce their out of pocket expenses as result of the Aid and Attendance benefits helping to cover senior living costs. We honor and respect the service of all veterans and believe they are entitled to every benefit that enables them to live life to the fullest.