Veteran Benefits - Aid & Attendance Pension FAQ


What is Aid & Attendance?

Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension that provides benefits to help reduce the cost of elder care for veterans and/or surviving spouses.

Who is eligible?

  • Any wartime veteran age 65 or older with 90 days of active duty, with at least 1 day beginning or ending during a period of war.  
  • A surviving spouse of a wartime veteran as long as the marriage ended due to the death of the veteran and the spouse has not remarried.

What is considered wartime service?

  • World War II (December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946)
  • Korean War (June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War (February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975) served in the Republic of Vietnam (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975) all other service
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 - date to be determined by presidential proclamation)

Are there medical qualifications?

  • Require the aid of another person in order to perform two or more activities of daily living OR
  • Bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed OR
  • Reside in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, OR
  • Blind or nearly blind.

Are there income and asset limitations?

  • The claimant's countable family income must be below a limit set by law.  It includes earnings, disability and retirement payments, interest and dividends, and net income from farming or business.
  • Net Worth also affects eligibility.  All personal goods are exempt from the net worth.  These goods include:  vehicle, household goods, and personal effects such as clothes, jewelry and furniture.  A residential homestead is generally exempt from veteran benefits.

How much can I receive? (Estimate)

  • Surviving Spouse of a Veteran: $1,176/month
  • Single Veteran:  $1,830/month
  • Married Veteran: $2,169/month
  • Two Veterans Married: $2,847/month


Veteran benefits can be used in any way for medical care such as home improvements, medical expenses, caregivers, and more.

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