Aid and Attendance Benefit for Veterans: Understanding Eligibility and Compensation

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit is a significant provision for U.S. veterans who require assistance with daily living activities. This benefit is designed for veterans and surviving spouses who need financial help for in-home care, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities. Here's a closer look at eligibility criteria, the application process, and potential compensation levels.

Who is Eligible?

To qualify for the A&A benefit, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Service Requirements: The veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day during a wartime period. Veterans with a dishonorable discharge are not eligible.
  • Financial Requirements: The program considers the applicant’s income and net worth to determine financial need. The VA sets specific limits on both, which can change yearly.
  • Health Requirements: The veteran or spouse must require the aid of another person to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, and dressing

Eligibility Requirements

The Veteran must be at least age 65, served at least one day during the following periods and had 90 days of continuous military service with an honorable discharge.

World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946.

Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955.

Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 (February 28, 1961, for Veterans who served “in country” before August 5,1964). In country refers to Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia.

Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law of Presidential Proclamation. In addition, applicant must need help with activities of daily living (ADLs).

Compensation Details

The amount of money a veteran or their surviving spouse can receive depends on several factors, including their marital status and whether they have dependents. As of the latest updates:

  • A single veteran can receive up to approximately $2,300 per month.
  • A veteran with spouse, can receive about $2,727 per month.
  • A surviving spouse of a veteran can receive up to approximately $1,478 per month.

These amounts can provide significant support for elder care expenses, helping to cover costs associated with professional care providers, medical expenses, and other needs associated with daily living assistance.

What are ADLs?

Activities of daily living

Activities of daily living

How to Apply?

The application process involves filling out the VA Form 21-2680 (Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance). Medical evidence from a healthcare provider must accompany this form, detailing the physical or mental impairment. Additional documentation, such as discharge papers, financial records, and dependency records, may also be required.


The Aid and Attendance benefit is a valuable resource for veterans and their families, offering much-needed financial assistance to those in need of elder care services. If you believe you or your loved one may be eligible for this benefit, it is crucial to apply through the VA to access these funds. For those looking for placement services with the right COVID protocols and who need further assistance understanding or applying for A&A benefits, contact Placement Helpers at 855-701-8090. We are dedicated to ensuring veterans receive the care and support they deserve.


  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Benefits Administration provides guidelines and application forms.
  • National Care Planning Council: Offers detailed explanations on eligibility and benefits for veterans.
  • VA Health Care: Provides updates on health requirements and services available to veterans.

These resources can offer additional guidance and support in navigating the complexities of veterans' benefits and elder care needs.

For all veterans and their families seeking elder care benefits, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team at Placement Helpers is ready to assist you in exploring and accessing the benefits you've earned. If you need more information or assistance, please call us at 855-701-8090. We're here to help ensure that you receive the care and support you deserve.

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