Aid and Attendance

Aid & Attendance and Housebound

Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

Since Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A Veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.

This benefit is income and asset based and there are many factors to determine eligibility. For example the Veteran must have served honorably at least 90 days 1 day of which was during the following wartime eras:

  • WWII       (December 7, 1941 – July 25, 1947)
  • Korea       (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam   (August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
  • Gulf War  (August 2, 1990 – present)

Also, the claimant must be age 65 or older or if under age 65, 100% disabled

Make an appointment with a Veterans Service Officer to discuss if you qualify and to get the needed forms and information for a complete packet.

Aid & Attendance (A&A)

Someone is considered to be in need of regular aid and attendance if he/she is a patient in a nursing home or is helpless or blind, or nearly helpless or blind as to need or require the regular aid and attendance of another person. The Aid & Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature/sanitary needs, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment or cannot be left alone.
  • Medication allocation and monitoring
  • You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment
  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity
  • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less


This increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.