As we have discussed in previous newsletters, one of the best kept secrets of the Department of Veterans Affairs is the veteran’s pension for a non-service connected disability. This benefit – a pension program – does not require a wartime injury. It is available to veterans (and their spouses), provided the veteran is disabled, served for no less than 90 days with at least 1 day during wartime and was honorably discharged. This pension benefit can be a tremendous blessing for those disabled veterans who are facing the burden of paying for assisted living, nursing home or in-home care.
Aid and Attendance Benefit: There is a specific type of VA pension which is very important. It is called the “Aid and Attendance” (or A&A) pension and is available to those veterans who are disabled and require the aid of another person to perform personal functions on a regular basis. Some qualified types of assistance include help with bathing, dressing, transferring, preparing meals, eating, etc. Under this program, a single veteran can receive a maximum of $1794.00 per month. A married veteran can receive up to $2127.00 per month and a surviving spouse is able to receive up to $1153.00 per month. These figures are based upon the most recent cost-of-living adjustments. More