VA Benefits

VA AID AND ATTENDANCE – 2018

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have served at least one day during a period of war; World War II; Korean Conflict; Vietnam; Persian Gulf War;
  • Must have served at least 90 days active duty
  • Must have received a discharge other than dishonorable

A surviving spouse of a veteran that meets the eligibility criteria is also eligible to VA Aid and Attendance.

Medical Criteria

  • Inability of the veteran to dress or undress himself;
  • Frequent need of adjustment of any special prosthetic or orthopedic appliance which cannot be done without assistance;
  • Inability of the veteran to feed himself;
  • Inability to toilet or needs assistance with bathing and showering;
  • Physical or mental incapacity which requires care or assistance to protect from hazards or dangers incident to his or her daily environment;
  • Assistance with transferring in or out of a bed or chair;
  • Assistance with walking;
  • Veteran, or the surviving spouse of the veteran is bedridden due to a condition through its essential character requires him or her to be bedridden.

It is not required that ll of the disabling conditions listed above be found to exist. It is only necessary that the evidence establish that the veteran or the surviving spouse of the veteran is so helpless that there is a need for regular aid and attendance.

Income Criteria

Veteran or surviving spouse of veteran with no dependants $21,962
Veteran with a spouse or child $26,036

The veteran’s or surviving spouse of veteran’s household income is adjusted for unreimbursed medical expenses such as the cost of in home care, healthcare co-payments, medicines, etc. If the adjusted income exceeds the income criteria there is no benefit. If the adjusted income is less, then the veteran or surviving spouse of the veteran receives a pension income that is equal to the difference between the income and the househodl income adjusted for unreimbursed medical expenses. The pension income is calculated based on 12 months of future household income but paid monthly.

Asset Criteria

The VA looks at life expectancy tables to determine if the vetean’s non-exempt assets are going to be used up in the veterans’ lifetime. From a practical standpoint if the veteran’s non-exempt assets exceed $80,000 then a special report must be written by a VA employee to justify an aid and attendance payment.

Assets that are exempt from this calculation:

  1. Your home regardless of value;
  2. Burial policies/plans;
  3. Life insurance policies with small cash values;
  4. Personal property regardless of value;
  5. Your vehicle regardless of value;

Maximum Amount of Aid and Attendance

Surviving Spouse of Veteran $1,176 per month
Single Veteran $1,830 per month
Married Veteran $2,169 per month