For older veterans and surviving spouses who need long-term care, VA Pension Aid & Attendance can make a real difference in quality of life. In late 2022, the VA announced the updated VA Pension rates that went into effect on December 1, 2022. The chart above shows the updated benefit amounts.
Could you or someone you love be eligible for VA Pension Aid & Attendance benefits? You or a loved one may be eligible if you meet these requirements:
Both of these must be true:
You didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and
Your yearly family income and net worth meet certain limits set by Congress. Your net worth includes all personal property you own (except your house, your car, and most home furnishings), minus any debt you owe. Your net worth includes the net worth of your spouse.
And at least one of these must be true about your service:
You started on active duty before September 8, 1980, and you served at least 90 days on active duty with at least 1 day during wartime, or
You started on active duty as an enlisted person after September 7, 1980, and served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions) with at least 1 day during wartime, or
You were an officer and started on active duty after October 16, 1981, and you hadn’t previously served on active duty for at least 24 months
And at least one of these must be true:
You’re at least 65 years old, or
You have a permanent and total disability, or
You’re a patient in a nursing home for long-term care because of a disability, or
You’re getting Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income
The VA's website has more information about eligibility, rates, and more.
Questions? Need help? Please give our office a call at 615.824.2571.