VA AID AND ATTENDANCE – 2018
A surviving spouse of a veteran that meets the eligibility criteria is also eligible to VA Aid and Attendance.
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.
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.
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:
Maximum Amount of Aid and Attendance