How do I know if I’m eligible?
The VA pension was created to help veterans cover living, medical, and other expenses. Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a special or enhanced monthly pension for veterans or their surviving spouses. The pension is designed to offset costs for health, wellness, and additional daily needs.
You may be eligible if you meet one or more of the criteria on the list below:
- You are at least 65
- You served at least one day during wartime
- You have at least 90 days of active service before 1980 or at least 24 months after September 7, 1980
- Your net worth (not including your primary residence) does not exceed $150,538
- You require assistance to perform daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, taking medication, etc.
- You are a patient in a nursing home or assisted living facility due to physical and/or mental incapacities
- You experience visual impairments that impact your daily life, such as corrected visual acuity under 5/200 or concentric contraction of five degrees or less
You served your country. You made sacrifices for our freedom.
That’s why the VA has created a veterans pension fund that supplements your income to assist with healthcare required after age 65.
Simply put, these are your benefits. You’ve earned them through your service.
Watch this video to learn more about the veterans pension and how it can supplement medical, housing, and other costs.
How Can Veterans Ally Help Me?
We do more than connect you to your veterans pension. Visit our Resources page to access other helpful resources for veterans, surviving spouses, and family members.
Everything you need to know about the VA pension
How do I know if I’m eligible?
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) program is part of a veterans pension earned through service to the United States.
The program is designed to provide financial benefits to veterans or their surviving spouses who need help performing daily activities. These benefits can also be used for monthly costs associated with short- and long-term care facilities.
In order to qualify for your Aid and Attendance benefit, you must already have a VA pension and meet one or more of the following:
You need help with daily living activities such as bathing, eating, and/or dressing;
you are a patient in a long-term care facility for a disability that causes the loss of mental or physical abilities;
you struggle with limited eyesight.
How can I apply?
It takes veterans about 4–6 months to apply and start receiving their VA pension. The good news is that pension payments are backdated to the application date, so you’ll often receive several months back pay when the pension goes through.
Below is the step-by-step process on what to expect when applying for your VA benefits.
Reach Out to Vet Ally
Contact us today to get matched with someone on our team that will help you collect documents, meet deadlines, and file your application to access your veterans pension.
Accessing your veterans pension requires proof of the following: service, medical documentation, identity, income, and assets. Your account representative at Veterans Ally will help you organize and file these documents every step of the way, ensuring that your application is complete.
At Veterans Ally, we will file the documents on your behalf and keep you updated throughout the process so that you don’t have to worry about cumbersome or lost paperwork.
After about 4–6 months, you’ll be able to access your veterans pension directly from your bank account. We’ll get the direct deposit and any other final details worked out for you. If you live in an assisted living facility or nursing home, we’ll coordinate on your behalf to make sure your payments are submitted on time.
Resources for Veterans
Curious to see what other benefits you may be eligible for? If you have questions, concerns, or are simply looking for more available resources available, visit our Resources page to learn more.
Let us connect you to your veterans pension to help cover medical, daily living, and assisted living costs.
These benefits are your right.
Veterans Ally is committed to helping veterans like you access the benefits you’ve earned to help pay for healthcare and care facilities.
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