Did you know there is a Veterans benefit that can help pay for assisted living or in-home care for veterans and their surviving spouses? You may be eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension benefit.
VETERANS AID & ATTENDANCE (A&A)
Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.
Since Aid and Attendance allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates.
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
QUALIFYING MILITARY SERVICE
Veterans must have been honorably discharged and have served at least 90 days active duty military service, with at least one day during one of the following periods:
Eligible Wartime Periods
Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:
- Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 – April 5, 1917 for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or adjacent waters)
- World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
- World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service)
- Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam era (November 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside the Republic of Vietnam)
- Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)
2018 Beneficiary Amounts
- Single Veteran ………………………………….….. $2,050
- Veteran with Spouse/Dependent …………………$2,431
- Two Veterans Married to Each Other ……………. $3,261
- Surviving Spouse ……………………………….….$1,318
HOW TO APPLY
You may apply for Aid and Attendance benefits by calling any Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or by stopping by the County Veterans Service Office. You are not required to use the VSO in the county in which you live.
|Sacramento||Hannah Williamson||2433 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821||(916) 874-3775|
|Yolo||Salvador Torres||120 West Main Street, Ste. A, Woodland, CA 95695||(530) 406-4850|
|Placer||Suzi Vinci||1000 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 115, Rocklin, CA 95765||(916) 780-3290|
|El Dorado||Col. Ed Swanson||130 Placerville Drive, Ste. B, Placerville, CA 95667||(530) 621-5892|
For a complete listing of Veterans Service Officers in your county, visit the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers’ website at www.cacvso.org . Information taken from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.benefits.va.gov