Aid and Attendance is a monetary benefit awarded to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses.Those who qualify for Aid and Attendance require financial assistance to pay for long-term care.
Aid and Attendance is an allowance, and is part of the Improved Pension Program established by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The benefit is tax-free, and is generally received on a monthly basis. Benefits are usually direct-deposited into the recipients bank account. The deposited funds are then used to pay for the cost of home care, assisted living, or skilled care.
Because the VA realizes that the cost of care for seniors is expensive, the Aid and Attendance benefit is generous.
The maximum monthly allowance for a married veteran is $2085.00.
The maximum monthly allowance for a single veteran is $1758.00.
The maximum monthly allowance for a surviving spouse is $1130.00.
The Aid and Attendance allowance is a lifetime benefit. While the veteran or surviving spouse is obligated to report changes that affect eligibility to the VA, most benefit recipients receive the Aid and Attendance benefit until they pass away.
To qualify for the Aid and Attendance allowance, various government forms must be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These forms examine the different eligibility factors that must be met to qualify for benefits.
To read about Aid and Attendance eligibility standards, click here.