The Veterans Aid and Attendance program, provided by the Veterans Administration, offers benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require assistance with daily living activities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a little known benefit called Aid and Attendance which is part of an “Improved Pension” Benefit. This Improved Pension provides to 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 monetary reimbursement to cover the cost of this care.
This Benefit also provides for care for war era veterans living at home, in a board and care home, an assisted living community or in a nursing home.
This benefit is not dependent upon service related injuries and any veteran or spouse who is 65 years or older can qualify with a proper doctor’s statement stating that the person needs to be protected from the daily hazards of living.
A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,632 per month, a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,055 per month, and a married veteran is eligible for up to $1,949 per month.