Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Are you a United States wartime Veteran, spouse or a surviving spouse of a Veteran? If so, you may qualify for a benefit through the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs called Aid and Attendance to help pay for senior living.
How do I know if I am Eligible to Receive the Aid and Attendance Benefit?
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. You can find more information at: https://www.va.gov/pension/veterans-pension-rates/
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 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 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:
Are at least 65 years old, or Have a permanent and total disability, or Are a patient in a nursing home for long-term care because of a disability, or Are getting Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income
What is Considered an Eligible Wartime Period?
*Mexican Border period (May 9, 1916, to April 5, 1917, for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or in adjacent waters)
*World War I (April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918)
*World War II (December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946)
*Korean conflict (June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955)
*Vietnam War era (February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside the Republic of Vietnam.)
*Gulf War (August 2, 1990, through a future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation)
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