The Aid and Attendance Pension, administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is a special Veterans pension program designed to help eligible wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses receive the financial support necessary to ensure their continuing care in their own home, in an assisted living or nursing home setting, or even in a family member’s home. Benefits may also be available for house-bound individuals who require daily assistance to maintain their health, dignity and safety. In many cases, the Aid and Attendance Pension, along with other monthly income or family subsidies, has made it possible for residents to avoid going on Medicaid and to remain in their own homes or in private-pay assisted living homes.
The Aid and Attendance Pension will pay up to (2019 rates):
HOW THE AMOUNT OF BENEFIT IS DETERMINED
The pension amount is calculated by adjusting the veteran’s and/or spouse’s monthly income by the cost of their care each month, then determining the amount of the monthly benefit needed to bring the veteran or spouse’s income up to the statutory minimum. The benefit amount paid is available in addition to any other existing resources the veteran or spouse uses to pay for their care.
The Aid and Attendance pension is a tax-free benefit paid directly to the qualified applicant.