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Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension Increases

Veterans Improved Pension with Aid and Attendance can help elderly and disabled veterans and their surviving spouses pay for at-home care, nursing care, and assisted living care. While a service-connected disability is not a prerequisite for benefits, applicants must have served during certain wartime periods and must meet certain financial criteria.

If you have concerns about how to pay for long-term care without wiping out your nest egg, talk with The Karp Law Firm’s attorneys. All of our lawyers are V.A.-accredited and can advise you about V.A. Aid and Attendance benefits, as well as possible Medicaid benefits. Do not think it is too late to explore your options: Even if your loved one is already receiving long-term care, we might be able to help you secure financial assistance. To schedule an appointment to explore your options, call our office at (561) 625-1100. You can also download a booklet about VA benefits here.

Below are two recent changes in eligibility requirements for these benefits:

Vietnam War Dates

For veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam, Public Law 116-315 broadens the the qualifying time period. It is now from November 1, 1955 through May 7, 1975. (Was  February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975)

Pension Rates

Effective December 1, 2022, veterans pension rates changed to reflect the cost of living increase.

VETERANS FAMILY SITUATION MAXIMUM MONTHLY PENSION MAXIMUM PENSION WITH AID AND ATTENDANCE
Veteran $1,633 (was $1,229) $2,050 (was $1936)
…with 1 dependent $2,046 (was $1,610) $2,431 (was $2,295)
Widow of Veteran $1,095 (was $824) $1,318 (was $1,244)
…with 1 dependent $1,371 (was $1,079) $1,572 (was $1,484)
Veteran Permanently Housebound $2,229 (was $1,502) n/a
…with 1 dependent $2,642 (was $1,883) n/a
Widow Permanently Housebound $1,432 (was $1,007) n/a
…with 1 dependent $1,709 (was $1,262) n/a