VA Aid & Attendance Benefit Rates for 2024

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The Veterans Administration has announced an increase in Aid and Attendance benefit amounts beginning January 2024. The revised rates for single veterans, married veterans, two married veterans, surviving spouses and a veteran with a dependent child are:

 CurrentNewNew Annually
Surviving Spouse1,4321,47817,743
Single Veteran2,2292,30027,609
Married Veteran2,6422,72732,729
Two Vets Married3,5363,64943,791
Veteran with a Dependent child 2,72732,729

Aid and Attendance is a long-term care enhanced pension that can help cover the cost of home care, adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing facility care.  It is a tax-free benefit that does not need to be paid back.

The benefit, which has been around since the 1980s, is not very well known, or understood, which can make getting a claim approved difficult.

To qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, the veteran must have served during an eligible period of war and received an honorable, or anything other than dishonorable, discharge.

There are specific war-time periods for all the major wars, including World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War.

World War II – December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946

Korean Conflict – June 27, 195 to January 31, 1955

Vietnam War era – November 1, 1955, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period (boots on the ground or on a ship off the coast). August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside the Republic of Vietnam.

Persian Gulf War – August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.

A veteran who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions), with at least one day during an eligible wartime period.

A veteran who served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during these wartime periods can apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit. However, there are several other requirements that need to be met before a claim will be approved.

Other important qualifications include:

Age

Veterans applying for Aid and Attendance must be at least 65 years of age or older. If you are younger than 65, you must be totally and permanently disabled. The disability does not have to be related to the veteran’s service. There is no age requirement for a spouse.

Marriage Criteria for a Spouse

The surviving spouse of a deceased veteran may qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit if he/she was married to the veteran for at least a year before the veteran died.  Surviving spouses who were married to the veteran for less than a year, but had a child with the veteran, can apply for the benefit as well.

Activities of Daily Living

An important requirement for the benefit is that the veteran or spouse need help with some of the activities of daily living (ADLs). The VA recognizes 5 types of ADLS – bathing, mobility, dressing, toileting and eating.

  • Bathing – includes any assistance with bathing. Can also include help adjusting the shower head or water temperature and handing someone a towel.
  • Mobility – help getting up or down stairs, in or out of a vehicle, in or out of a bed or chair.
  • Dressing – help putting on clothes, taking clothes off, buttoning, zippering or any assistance needed with dressing,
  • Toileting – help on or off the toilet, assistance with incontinence.
  • Eating – helping someone eat, including feeding the person.

ADLs can also include standby assistance – having another person present within arm’s reach to prevent injury during the performance of a daily living activity.

In cases involving cognitive impairment, the assistance can be in the form of reminders, such as reminders to bathe, change clothes, etc.

Custodial Care

Some people need custodial care, which is any type of non-medical care that can be provided by non-licensed caregivers. For VA purposes, custodial care means assistance with at least 2 ADL’s, or the person needs 24/7 supervision, usually due to some type of mental or cognitive impairment. A veteran or spouse can qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit if they need custodial care, even if they don’t need help with activities of daily living.

Home Care

The Aid and Attendance benefit can be used to help pay for home care. The care can be provided by a family member, friend, neighbor, or professional caregiver. You do not have to be licensed to provide care.

Facility Care

Aid and Attendance can also be used to cover the cost of a facility that provides help with custodial care. This includes board and care homes, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. The facility must provide help with ADL’s or supervision in order to qualify for this benefit.

Do you or a loved one plan to hire a caregiver or transition to a care facility?  If the veteran served during wartime, you may be eligible for money from the VA to cover the cost of care. It is important to know and understand all of the Aid and Attendance requirements, including income and asset criteria, before you apply for this benefit.

Contact one of our benefit consultants today at 877-427-8065 or click here to find out more about the new VA Aid and Attendance rates, and how to qualify for this financial help.

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