The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an "Improved Pension" Benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility also qualifies.
This most important benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a "Pension Benefit" and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,704 per month, while a survivin
few take advantage of the Non-Service Connected “Improved Pension” benefit, commonly referred to as the Aid and Attendance benefit. The program’s purpose is to assist veterans, as well as spouses, widows or widowers of veterans, with paying out-of-pocket medical expenses. This little known veterans’ benefit could potentially become a significant source of financial aid for long-term care services provided either at home or in a facility. Unfortunately, most veterans do not know about it, or how to apply.
A service of the Department of Veterans Affairs. a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.
A personalized workspace called My Dashboard that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Using eBenefits tools, you can complete various tasks. You can apply for benefits, download your DD 214, view your benefits status, in addition to other actions as needed. This workspace is available to you once you have created an eBenefits account A catalog of links to other sites that provide information about military and Veteran benefits