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Non-Service Connected Veteran Pension & Survivor's Death Pension - Aid & Attendance

Aid & Attendance (A&A)

The Aid & Attendance increased monthly pension is the maximum amount of benefit awarded to the wartime veteran or widow.  Aid & Attendance is a pension benefit that does not require service-related injuries for compensation.  In order to receive the full amount of Aid & Attendance, the veteran or widow must show the VA that he or she is receiving ADL assistance from a third party, and paying for that assistance out of his or her own pocket.  This type of assistance can be provided by an assisted living community, independent living community, home healthcare organization, nursing home, or a family member / friend.  The Aid & Attendance benefit is the third tier of the Non-Service Connected Veteran Pension.  

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2018 MAPR (Maximum Annual Pension Rates)

Veteran (One Dependent) =   $2,170 / Month..............$26,040 / Annually
Veteran (No Dependents) =   $1,830 / Month..............$21,960 / Annually
Two Married Wartime Vets = $2,903 / Month..............$34, 836 / Annually
Healthy Vet + Sick Spouse = $1,437 / Month..............$17,244 / Annually
Widow of Veteran =               $1,176 / Month..............$14,112 / Annually   

The veteran or widow must be receiving assistance in at least two of these areas:
Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Bathing              Toileting
Showering         Personal Hygiene
Dressing            Physical Therapy / Mental Therapy
Ambulation        Nursing Services

Other ways to qualify for Aid & Attendance may include situations where:

* You are bedridden.

* You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity.

* You are legally blind. 
This application will require a medical evaluation from a physician.  Gross income, assets, and unreimbursed medical expenses will also be taken into consideration.
Income Requirements
Household income must be less than the amount set by Congress to qualify for the Veteran Pension benefit. In order to receive the maximum benefit, your countable income must be $0.  You must take proper medical deductions to offset your income.  Generally speaking, your medical deductions should be equal to or greater than your income.  In other words, all income must be expensed out medically, which should include ADL medical assistance.  Please contact us, so we can help you pass the income test.

Countable income should include household income from most sources.  It should include social security, pension payments, required minimum distributions, interest, dividend payments, earnings, and net income from farming or a business. 

Asset Requirements

Net worth includes liquid assets such as non interest bearing bank accounts, interest bearing bank accounts, CD's, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, and any property other than your primary residence and a reasonable lot area.  The VA will determine whether or not you have enough assets to live off of for a reasonable period of time.

It is extremely important to speak with an experienced advocate prior to applying for your pension.  The slightest mistake could cause long delays or even a declination of benefits.

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Defining a wartime veteran or surviving spouse

* The veteran must have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty.
* One of those days needed to be during a period of war.
* The veteran must have received a discharge other than "dishonorable."
* The widowed spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of passing.
* The widowed spouse must have never remarried.

VA recognizes the wartime periods below to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:

  • Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 – April 5, 1917)

  • 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 (In Country) (February 28, 1961 – August 4, 1964)

  • Vietnam (All) (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975)

  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date)

    * If your service began after 09/07/1980, additional length of
    requirements may apply.