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There is a little known secret that not too many people know about  for war time veterans who require assistance to pay for home care assistance. There is an additional benefit for wartime veterans that will provide assistance for home care costs. If approved there is an increase to a veterans pension. This Pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple.

 

 

 

 

What Veterans are Eligible for Aid and Attendance OR House Bound Benefits

Served at least one day (did not have to be served in combat) during the following wartime periods and had 90 days of continuous military service:

Under current law the VA recognizes the following war periods:

  • World War I (April 6, 1917—November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (December 7, 1941—December 31, 1946)
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950—January 31, 1955)
  • 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)
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990—through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation

 

 

Types of VA Long Term Care Benefits

 

Aid and attendance is an increase in pension benefits and helps with home care costs if a veteran meets one of the following requirements:

  • Requires help in activities of daily living such as: bathing, eating, or dressing
  • You are bedridden
  • Your eye site is limited to a corrected 5/200 or less in both eyes

How Does House Bound Assistance Benefits Differ From Aid and Attendance for Veterans?

This is a benefit that is paid out to a veteran that cannot leave their home due to a permanent disability.

You cannot receive Aid and Attendance and House Bound benefits at the same time

 

What are the Income Requirements for Aid and Attendance?

An applicant must have on average less than $80,000 in assets, EXCLUDING their home and vehicles.

Aid and Attendance Maximum Annual Pension
Rate (MAPR) CategoryIf you are a…
Basic Pension MAPR 5% of Basic Pension MAPR

(The amount you subtract from
medical expenses…)

Annual Aid and Attendance Pension Rate

Your yearly income must be less than…

Single Veteran $12,868
($1,072 per month)
$643 $21,466
($1,788 per month)
Veteran with Spouse/
Dependent
$16,851
($1,404 per month)
$842 $25,448
($2,120 per month)
Two Veterans Married to
Each Other
$16,851
($1,404 per month)
$842 $34,050
($2837 per month)
Surviving Spouse $8,630
($719 per month)
$431 $13,794
($1,149 per month)
Surviving Spouse with
One Dependent
$11,296
($941 per month)
$564 $16,456
($1,371 per month)

 

 How to Apply for Aid and Attendance?

On average it takes at least 8-10 months for a determination to be made. Here is some information that you should gather:

  • Discharge/Separation Papers (DD-214) Click Here to request
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate
  • Copy of the Death Certificate(if you are the surviving spouse)
  • Copy of current year Social Security Award Letter
  • Net Worth information(CDs, stocks, bonds, annuities and any other investments)
  • Income Proof(pension, interest from investments, retirement accounts)
  • Statement of Health from Physician(shows your medical qualifications to aid and attendance)
  • Bank Account Information
  • Employment History(if you are under 65)
  • Medical Expense Report Click Here for Form
  • Veterans Should Fill out form VA21-526EZ
  • Surviving Spouse’s should fill out form VA21-534EZ

You can apply online https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage and select “Pension Benefits”

Or Go to this official website for additional information http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp