FAQ – Common Questions About Aid and Attendance

AidandAttendance.com is a simple way to determine eligibility and complete an application for the Aid and Attendance pension benefit. AidandAttendance.com is not the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or part of any government agency or service organization.

The Aid and Attendance Pension provides a monetary benefit to Veterans and their Surviving Spouses to help pay for the cost of an assisted living facility, home care provider, adult day center or nursing home?

The Veteran must have served a minimum of 90 days active duty with at least 1 day during the following wartime periods and received an honorable, general or medical discharge.

World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 (February 28, 1961 through August 4, 1964 if in the Republic of Vietnam)
American Merchant Marines in Oceangoing Service during the Period of Armed Conflict: December 7, 1941 through August 15, 1945

Approval times vary based on a number of different factors, the average is 4 to 6 months. However, the VA offers retroactive benefits starting the first day of the month after the application is received. The VA must receive the application by the last business day of the month.

Depending on your application you may need to include up to 6 supporting documents.

If a Veteran or Surviving Spouse has never filed a claim with the VA, they will not have a file number and therefore should leave that field blank. If a prior claim has been filed, the VA file number can be found on previous letters sent by the VA.

No, the Aid and Attendance Pension is not taxable income.

Yes, the VA offers retroactive benefits starting the first day of the month after the application is received. The VA must receive the application by the last business day of the month.

The application tool costs $99 total for a 3 year membership. The $99 includes the application software tool, extensive knowledge base, suggested templates for responding to the VA, state specific Medicaid information, free funeral assistance program and our experienced customer service team.

Mail or fax the completed application to the Pension Intake Center. AidandAttendance.com recommends sending the original application via Certified Mail through the United States Postal Service. Keep a copy of all documents for your records.

Yes, to apply contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-827-1000 and ask for the Aid and Attendance application with all supporting documents. The VA will mail an application at no cost that can be completed by hand. Expect the Veteran application to be 31 pages and Surviving Spouse’s to be 29 in total.

Yes, the VA questions assets transfers that have occurred in the past 36 months. “Gifting” assets may cause a period of ineligibility depending on the value. We suggest working with financial planning representative who understands VA regulations prior to applying.

AidandAttendance.com is an application tool, we do not have any information about the status of any claim. To find out the status of an application, call the VA at 877-294-6380.

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