The V.A. Pension with Aid and Attendance is available to help veterans and their spouses obtain financial aid to pay for long-term care costs. Expenses for home healthcare, assisted living facilities or skilled nursing facilities are among the many expenses that qualify you to receive a pension from the V.A. 

2017 Maximum Pension Rates*

The rates below are the 2017 Aid and Attendance benefit amounts. The rate a claimant qualifies for depends on their marital status. For example, if you are a veteran whose spouse is deceased, you are eligible to apply for the maximum amount listed under the category "Single Veteran."

Single Veteran 

$1,794 per month 

$21,531 per year 

Married Veteran** 

$2,127 per month 

$25,525 per year 

Widowed Spouse of a Veteran

$1,153 per month 

$13,836 per year 

Spouse of a living veteran

$1,408 per month 

$16,902 per year 

Veteran Married To A Veteran

$2,846 per month 

$34,153 per year 

Additional Dependent(s) 

$193 per month 

$2,316 per year 


*Amounts are maximum possible benefit payments. Not every veteran/claimant will qualify to receive the maximum amount

**Either the veteran him/herself has qualifying care costs, or both the veteran and spouse have qualifying care costs

Eligibility Requirements

1. Veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service with at least one day being during a wartime period.

Official periods of war include:

The Mexican Border, 05/09/1916-04/05/1917

World War I, 04/06/1917-11/11/1918 (04/01/1920 if served in Russia)

World War II, 12/07/1941-12/31/1946

Korean Conflict, 06/27/1950-01/31/1955

Vietnam War, 08/05/1964-05/07/1975 (02/28/1961 if served in Vietnam)

Persian Gulf War, 08/02/1990-TBD

2. Veteran must have received a military discharge other than dishonorable.

Military discharges include, from highest to lowest: honorable, general, other than honorable, bad conduct, and dishonorable.

3.  Veteran or claimant must be in need of the daily aid and attendance of another person in order to avoid the everyday hazards of his or her environment.

Includes help with prescription management, bathing, toileting, dressing, getting in and out of bed and other activities of daily living.

4.  Veteran or claimant must be financially eligible.

Department of Veteran Affairs limits the assets and income a person can have to qualify for benefits. Consult with our advisors to learn more.