Veterans Aids & Attendance and Housebound

Noble Senior Living Referrals goal is to help seniors and their families find the right senior care solutions. The Aid & Attendance Benefit program and the other Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) Pensions are a great source of funds for financially constrained, wartime Veterans and/or their surviving spouses to use for their long term care costs such as assisted living, home care, adult day and skilled nursing.

Aid & Attendance Benefits and Housebound

Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) pension and require the aid & attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to pension.

Since Aid & Attendance allowances and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A Veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid & Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.

Aid & Attendance (A&A):

The Aid & Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment
  • You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment
  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity
  • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less

Housebound:

This increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.

Eligible Wartime Periods

Under current law, Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) pension benefits:

  • World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)

How to Apply

For more information regarding the Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) Aid & Attendance benefits or Housebound benefits, please refer to the  website maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp

How to Calculate Veterans Pension

http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/pencalc.asp

Please feel free to share this information to anyone you think may benefit. Thank you to all the veterans who have bravely served our country and their families who have sacrificed so much.