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VA Aid & Attendance Benefits Easy Checklist

November 7, 2023

VA AID & ATTENDANCE Benefits can provide $1,478 to $3,657 of additional income per month.

Are you or your loved one eligible?

VA Benefits are Attendance benefits can be confusing for families trying to understand if they qualify or not. We have tried to simplify the process with an easy checklist below. 

VA Aid & Benefit Checklist

Find out if you are eligible by answering the questions below.

  1. Are you 65 years or older?
  2. Did you or your spouse serve at least 1 day during wartime? (DD-214 or Separation Document required; NO COMBAT required)
    1. World War II: December 7, 1941 — December 31, 1943
    2. Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 — January 31, 1955
    3. Vietnam Era: February 28, 1961 — May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 — May 7, 1975
  3. Must have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty.
  4. The surviving spouse must have been married to the Veteran at the time of the Veteran’s passing – and has not remarried.
  5. The Veteran and/or spouse needs assistance with at least 2 of the 6 activities of daily life (ADLs) that would require care and is confirmed by an Affidavit from a physician. (ADLs include: dressing; bathing; eating: getting food or drink from table to mouth; toileting; transferring: helping to get in/out of bed or chair; ambulating: mobility assistance with wheelchair, walker, cane, etc.)
  6. The Veteran’s gross monthly income is equal to or LESS than the gross monthly cost of in-home care or the cost of a Senior Living Community. (Example: Veterans’ total monthly income $1,900 and the monthly cost for Assisted Living is $3,400)
  7. The Veteran’s TOTAL assets meet the income requirements. (currently, this needs to be less than $130,000; assets do not include the home, personal belongings, vehicle, or life insurance; NOTE: the Look Back Penalty for VA Planning is 36 months for transfers of assets for less than fair market value.  If improper transfers have taken place, the VA will impose the 36-month Look Back Penalty, as well as a 5 Year, Look Back Penalty to become qualified for VA Aid & Attendance)

Click here for a printable list. 

Did you check all the boxes?

You may be eligible for benefits over $2,000 a month.

Check out the 2024 monthly amounts:

Surviving Spouse: $1,478
Single Veteran: $2,300
Married Veteran: $2,727
2 Married Veterans: $3,657

If you think you qualify for this benefit fill out the form here and submit it to your VA pension management center. If you are unsure how to find your VA pension management center, click here. 

Finally, if you or a loved one needs help finding senior living accommodation, we are here for you. We understand different levels of care and are here to support you. 

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