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 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.

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