Eligibility Requirements for Aid and Attendance Pension

Aid and attendance pension can help cover the expense of permanent care for a veteran or surviving spouse unable to perform daily activities. Any veteran who is unable to dress, bathe, cook, drive, eat or perform daily functions can be eligible. It is not necessary to be unable to do any of these activities; even if you are unable to perform just a few, you may be eligible.

  • Discharge terms--If you have been dishonorably discharged, you are ineligible for veteran's benefits including aid and attendance.
  • Doctor's evaluation--You will need an evaluation from a medical professional who can attest to your inability to perform the daily tasks required to live a productive and independent life. This can be a letter from your personal physician; it is not necessary to see a VA doctor, but a VA doctor can expedite the process.
  • Service--You must have served at least 90 days of active duty in the armed forces. At least one of those days must have begun or ended during a period of war. Veterans who suffer disability during a period when there is no official war will not be eligible for benefits through aid and attendance.
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