Aid and Attendance is a benefit available to veterans, their spouses, widows or widowers. This benefit is available to help offset some of the cost of nursing homes, assisted living communities, and personal expenses.
The monthly benefit is as follows, in most cases, the maximum amount is the actual benefit amount.
|Veteran with spouse||$2,120||$25,440|
Benefits are paid directly to the veteran or spouse, NOT to their residential community. Payments are retroactive to the date of application. PAYMENTS ARE TAX-FREE.
|WWI||5/9/1916 – 11/11/1918|
|WWII||12/7/1941 – 12/31/1946|
|Korea||6/27//1950 – 1/31/1955|
|Vietnam||8/5/1964 – 5/7/1975|
|Gulf/Iraq||8/20/1990 – Present|
The VA will look at overall assets of the applicant. However, assets not included are the applicant’s home, small life insurance policies, prepaid funeral expenses and annuities in payout status.
It is taking 4-6 months to be approved and the first check is retroactive to application date.
Improperly prepared applications can be a cause of disqualification of benefits.
Laws prohibit charging a fee for preparation of claims through the VA.