The Veteran’s Aid & Attendance (A&A) Pension is a monetary benefit provided to Veterans and surviving spouses who require the aid and attendance of another person either in the home or in an assisted living community.
You may qualify for this benefit if another person is needed in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment. Certainly, someone who requires a community like Arbors Memory Care would meet that condition.
The A&A Pension can provide a monthly tax-free benefit of up to $2,789 for two married veterans, $2,085 per month for a married couple* where one is a veteran, $1,758 per month to a single veteran and $1,130 per month to a surviving spouse. This pension does not count against your Social Security payment.
*If only the spouse of a healthy veteran needs care, a married veteran could qualify for up to $1,380 per month.
You may apply for Aid and Attendance benefits by writing to the VA regional office where you filed a claim for pension benefits. If the regional office of jurisdiction is not known, you may file the request with any VA regional office. You should include copies of any evidence, preferably a report from an attending physician validating the need for Aid and Attendance or Housebound type care.
- The report should be in sufficient detail to determine whether there is disease or injury producing physical or mental impairment, loss of coordination, or conditions affecting the ability to dress and undress, to feed oneself, to attend to sanitary needs, and to keep oneself ordinarily clean and presentable.
- Whether the claim is for Aid and Attendance or Housebound, the report should indicate how well the applicant gets around, where the applicant goes, and what he or she is able to do during a typical day. In addition, it is necessary to determine whether the claimant is confined to the home or immediate premises.
Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. Form 21-526 Veteran. This application will require a copy of DD-214(see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, care expense statements, and other documentation as needed.
To request a copy of a DD-214 visit www.vetrec.archives.gov.
To get additional information, we recommend you call a local Veterans Service Officer with the State of Nevada Department of Veterans Services office at (775) 321-4880 or you can stop by their office in the VA regional office at 5460 Reno Corporate Drive, Room 104, Reno, NV 89511. We recommend you be persistent with them as they are very busy right now and might not immediately return your call.