VA Benefits May Be Available
Aid and Attendance may be available for the veterans and widowed spouses of veterans.
- The veteran, either alive or deceased, must have served ninety consecutive days ACTIVE duty with at least one day during war time with an honorable discharge.
- The widowed spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his or her death and never remarried. In addition, he or she must have been married to the veteran for at least one year or have had children by the veteran.
- With few exceptions, liquid assets of the veteran and living spouse should not exceed a total of $80,000.00, $40,000 assets for veteran, and $30,000 assets for widowed spouse excluding family home.
- Pensions are based on the physical needs of the veteran, but the needs of the spouse may also be considered.
- Both gross total income and out-of-pocket medical expenses, including the cost of assisted living, are included within the formula calculations.
- Aid and Attendance may or may not be the best option for the veteran or widowed spouse who is already getting disability or compensation.
- Military retirement pensions do not prevent the eligible veteran or spouse from qualifying for the Aid and Attendance.
- Aid and Attendance is considered a tax free pension.