Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans in Assisted Living

Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans

Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. Aid and Attendance benefits are paid in addition to a veteran's monthly pension.  


Maximum Monthly Benefit Amount

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs published the 2019 Aid and Attendance Rates, effective 12/1/2019. The rates are:

Category Monthly Maximum A&A
 Single Veteran  $1,911.00
 Married Veteran  $2,266.00
 Married Veteran Couple  $3,032.00
 Surviving Spouse  $1,278.00

The Aid & Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment;
  • You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment;
  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity;
  • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Who can help you apply for these benefits?

The VA Office of General Counsel maintains a list of VA-recognized organizations and VA-accredited individuals that are authorized to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of VA benefits claims.  To search the list of accredited organizations that can help you click here

To learn more about accredited versus non-accredited organizations, click here.

To locate your regional office that can assist you with your application click here.

For information on Aid & Attendance from the Department of Veterans Affairs click here.

Click here to find the many other veterans resources listed on our site. 

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