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VA Aid & Attendance Special Pension

Often overlooked VA benefit can pay
wartime veterans up to an additional $1,554 per month for
in-home care, assisted living and nursing home care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) offers a Special Pension with Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit that is paid in addition to other VA pension benefits. Largely unknown, the A&A Special Pension can help pay for care in the home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home. The A&A Special Pension is not dependent upon service-related injuries.

To qualify, a veteran, or his or her spouse or widow must:

Furthermore, veterans who entered active duty before September 8, 1980 (October 16, 1981 for officers):

Veterans who entered active duty on or after September 8, 1980 (October 16, 1981 for officers):

Most wartime veterans who satisfy these requirements will be eligible for the A&A Special Pension that provides up to:

Note: These amounts apply only to 2008; benefits are adjusted each year based on increases in the cost of living.

Because of the A&A Special Pension, many veterans will not have to live out their lives in Medicaid or VA nursing homes. Instead, assisted living will be an affordable option.

— How to apply for the A&A Special Pension —

You can call the VA using their toll-free number, or you can complete an application online through the VA's website. But, if you apply through the VA, you may have a long wait before finding out if you will receive the A&A Special Pension. The VA is overwhelmed with the lengthy applications and other work.

We strongly recommend that you work with the experts at Veterans-Express.com. They are much more knowledgeable than the so-called "experts" at the Veterans Administration and will guide you step-by-step through the application process. They also help veterans find affordable housing. Best of all, their help is FREE, with absolutely no strings attached.

BE CAREFUL: Other people and businesses claim to offer the same help for a fee of up to $1,200. But, they are no more successful than Veterans-Express.com.

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