Veteran Aid and Attendance BenefitsNS-1800.9000-900
A program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides a special monthly allowance that is paid in addition to the regular veteran compensation/pension payment for wartime veterans, surviving spouses and parents of wartime veterans who have large, unreimbursed medical expenses. Claimants must show that they require the "aid and attendance" of another person in order to perform at least two activities of daily living (e.g., grooming, transferring, eating, bathing, dressing or toileting); that they are blind or nearly blind; or that they are a patient in a nursing facility. The A&A Pension can be used for any type of chronic care provider including paid in-home caregivers, adult day care, adult residential care homes, assisted living facilities or skilled nursing facilities. The individual must meet financial eligibility criteria, and a report from an attending physician or other medical evidence validating the need for care is required.