Qualifying For The Aid And Attendance Benefit
The Aid and Attendance benefit is a pension benefit for qualifying veterans that provides a monthly tax-free payment to the veteran.This benefit is awarded as a pension to veterans that meet the Veterans Administration's requirements for pension eligibility and the specific requirements of the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
Generally, you may be eligible if you were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable,
you served at least 90 days of active military service 1 day of which was during a war time period. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty (There are exceptions to this rule),
your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law (The yearly limit on income is set by Congress),
you are age 65 or older, OR, you are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.
Aid and Attendance Benefits
Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible for A&A when:
The veteran requires 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 himself/herself from the hazards of his/her daily environment,
The veteran is bedridden, in that his/her disability or disabilities requires that he/she remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment,
The veteran is a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity,
The veteran is blind, or so nearly blind as to have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.