I would like to thank all veterans for their dedication to protecting and serving the United States of America! My father was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during World War II and served on a mine sweeper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here is some information that I wish my family had known…

There is a little-known benefit available to wartime veterans that has been referred to as the “best kept secret of the VA”. In 1952, the VA Aid and Attendance Program was established to benefit qualified veterans and spouses with an underutilized tax-free pension that contributes to the cost of assisted living expenses.

Renee Pace, with the State of Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs states, “Few Wartime Veterans are aware that this program exists to assist with medical and non-medical expenses. Veterans and their spouses who are living in assisted living communities and enroll may receive up to $2,120 per month. The expressions on their faces, when approved, give me sheer delight.”

When are veterans and/or spouses eligible for this program?

- Status: A veteran who is permanently disabled who received an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services;

- Service Dates: Served for at least 90 days of active duty with one day during:

  • World War I (04/16/1917 - 11/11/1918)
  • World War II (12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946)
  • Korea (06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955)
  • Vietnam (08/05/1964 – 05/07/1975)
  • Persian Gulf War (08/02/1990 – to be determined)

- Medical Necessity: The physician must complete the Physicians Aid and Attendance Form. It must document that a veteran requires assistance to perform at least two everyday personal care tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, or transferring, for example, from a bed to a chair. Furthermore, that an applicant is competent.

- Financial Necessity: Determining the regular monthly income versus the medical and non-medical expenses.

- Assets: The liquid asset allowance is determined by the total amount.

What are the Aid and Attendance rates for 2015?

This year the program provides a monthly housing & care stipend for qualifying veterans living in senior housing communities.

  • Single Veteran: $1,788
  • Veteran & Spouse: $2,120
  • Veteran who does not need A&A, but the spouse does: $1,404
  • Widow: $1,149

How does a veteran or spouse apply?

Contact your local State Veterans Service Office. For more information and details on what is needed to apply, visit the VA Website.