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Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension
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Anna Graefon, Client Care Manager for All Valley Senior Home Care in Escondido, California revisits a past post on the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension program.

The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Improved Pension program helps veterans and their spouses by giving them a monthly benefit to assist with their activities of daily living (ADLs) when the regular assistance of another person is required. More and more the elderly are seeking senior home care services but they can not afford the cost of being taken care of in the comfort of their own home. This benefit has been around for the past 58 years and is an entitlement to veterans and their surviving spouses.

Qualifying for Veteran’s Home Care Benefits

  • Is not dependent upon service-related injuries.
  • Calculate the veteran’s and/or surviving spouse’s assets (make sure not include value of their primary residence & vehicle). This will give you an estimate of total liquidatable assets. Then estimate the annual income of the veteran and/or surviving spouse. This will give an estimate for total income (If married include spousal income). Then, list all unreimbursed, recurring health care expenses. Last, subtract your total annual health care expenses from your total annual income and write the amount. This is your countable income.
  • Veteran: A veteran alone must have countable income less than: $19,736 per year. 
A veteran with a spouse must have countable income less than: $23,396 per year.
  • Surviving Spouse: A spouse alone must have countable income less than: $12,681 per year. A spouse with a dependent must have countable income less than: $15,128 per year.
  • Discharged under “General under Honorable” or “Honorable”.
  • Served at least one day during the following periods and had 90 days of continuous military service:
    • World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
    • Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam War: August 5, 1964
      (February 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975
    • Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law of Presidential Proclamation

Maximum Annual Aid and Attendance Pension Rate

  • Veteran: $19728 annually, $1644 monthly
  • Surviving Spouse: $12,660 annually, $monthly
  • Veteran Married to Another Veteran: $30960 annually, $2580 monthly
  • *These rates increase annually

If you would like assistance or more information you can always call us at 1.866.775.0028, visit our Senior Home Care Agency Directory, or fill out this simple online form. Get Help Now!


March 3rd, 2010 | Posted by:

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