There is a little known monthly pension benefit for certain wartime veterans and their surviving spouses. It is the Department of Veterans Affairs pension called Aid and Attendance.
In order to be eligible for this benefit the veteran must have served 90 days on active duty anywhere in the world with at least one (1) day during a period of one of these declared wartimes*:
WWII Dec. 7, 1941 through Dec. 31, 1946
Korea Jun. 27, 1950 through Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam Aug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975 (or in-country of Vietnam after 2/28/61)
Gulf War Aug 2. 1990 through Present
*A veteran who entered duty after September 7, 1980, must have served at least 24 months or the full period ordered to active duty with at least one day of service during a wartime period.
The veteran must show a medical need for assistance with activities of daily living as well as the financial need for additional income and assets to help pay for assistance. Benefits are awarded on a sliding scale according to need with certain parameters.
The current (2019) maximum monthly Aid and Attendance pension benefits are as follows:
Veteran and spouse: $2,230
Surviving Spouse: $1,209
The VA pension benefit comes as a non-taxable payment directly to the veteran or the veteran’s spouse (depending on who is applying for the benefit). These funds can be used in any facility, or to pay for home care.
An experienced Elder Law attorney who is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs can assist you in determining whether you can qualify for Aid & Attendance.
Please complete this Veterans Benefits
Qualification worksheet and return it to
Pixton Law Group prior to your appointment.