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Aid And Attendance Pension Eligibility Requirements
In serving our nation, our veterans made untold sacrifices. As a way to recognize their service, the government and the Veterans Administration has established a series of programs, policies, and pensions that are designed to help them in their post-service life. One of those pensions is the Aid and Attendance Pension. This pension can make an immense difference in a veteran’s quality of life if they are aging or disabled. You or a loved one may qualify for this pension.
The Purpose Of The Pension
Meant for those who need regular, daily, or in-home care, the Aid and Attendance pension can help to offset the often immense costs associated with intensive medical treatment or care. These costs may include the hiring of a health aide or caregiver, or for the costs of staying in an onsite care facility like a nursing home.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
Any wartime veteran with at least 90 days of active duty service, with one of those days during a period of war, is eligible to apply for the Aid and Attendance Pension. A period of war is considered to be any of the date ranges or conflicts listed below.
War Time Dates
- Mexican Border War: May 9, 1916 through April 5, 1917
- World War I: April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918
- World War II: December 7th, 1941 through December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975*
- *There are circumstances that lengthen Vietnam War dates. Call for more information.
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 – Present Day
To qualify for pension benefits, the claimant’s countable income must not exceed annual pension limits that are set by statute. VA benefits eligibility limits may vary based on whether claimants are veterans or survivors and their family composition, as well as whether claimants need Aid and Attendance or are considered housebound.
Any existing healthcare benefits or coverage as provided by services like Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance will not impact your ability to claim the Aid and Attendance Pension. You may need to communicate between the VA and these other providers to ensure that all of your healthcare needs are being met.
Paperwork Needed To Be Considered Eligible
In addition to meeting the above criteria, veterans or their surviving spouses may need to provide a variety of paperwork to prove their service or support their eligibility. This selection of paperwork may include:
- Discharge or separation papers (DD214).
- Copy of marriage certificate (for surviving spouses filing for the pension).
- Copy of death certificate (for surviving spouses filing for the pension).
- Copy of Social Security award letter.
- Banking information to enable direct deposit of monthly pension payments.
- And more as requested by the VA or as needed by Patriot Angels
Eligibility Of Surviving Spouses
While the Aid and Attendance Pension is primarily meant for military veterans, it can also be used by surviving spouses of veterans. Provided that the marriage ended due to the death of the veteran, a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran would also be considered eligible to apply. Please note that the individual applying must qualify both medically and financially. For more information about what those qualifications are, contact the Patriot Angels team.
Patriot Angels Can Help You Secure The Aid And Attendance Pension
By advocating and educating under legal representation in regard to veterans benefits eligibility and pension details, our staff is dedicated to offering you and your loved ones hand holding navigation through the overwhelming and complex process of applying for VA benefits eligibility by never selling products or annuities. We are here to help veterans and their spouses get the benefits you have earned, not sell products. For more information regarding eligibility, contact us or call us now at 1-866-513-0613!
More information about the Aid and Attendance Pension can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.