VA Pension Highlights
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The veteran must have served at least one day during a time of war. This is the first consideration for eligibility. More...
Millions of wartime veterans struggle to pay for care for themselves or for their spouse. VA Pension can help. More…
The eligibility rules for Medicaid are different than VA Pension and you should know about the "Medicaid Bomb" ticking for unwary pension applicants. More…
Wartime Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits
Most VA monthly payments are only for veterans who were wounded or disabled while serving in the armed forces.
Millions of wartime veterans over age 65 and their spouses are unaware of valuable monthly pension benefits for increased income or needed care.
This particular VA program is called Veterans Pension, but it goes by other names, too, including Improved Special Pension, Service Pension, Aid and Attendance, and VA Pension. Get the information you need by requesting our Practical VA Pension Guide online and gaining immediate online access to our Veterans Pension Learning Center.
Veterans over age 65 and/or their survivors can qualify for this benefit by needing additional care at home or in assisted/supportive living. They only need to prove that their net income after out-of-pocket medical expenses are under the VA cap, and that they qualify under the asset limitation rules. There is no requirement for having a service-related disability.
For veterans and their surviving spouses, the VA Pension can provide significant help in paying for care costs at home and in Assisted Living. In particular,Aid and Attendance can allow the veteran (or his/her spouse) to remain at home longer, or to remain longer in Assisted Living without exhausting life savings.
For example, consider this situation. A veteran over age 65 and his wife are living at home and they are doing the best they can to get by without getting care in the home for the veteran because they are worried about money. The veteran has Alzheimer's to the degree where he can be at home but his wife must be on constant guard and ready to assist him at all times, day and night. She is getting worn out and if she doesn't get help soon her health will decline to the point where she won't be able to care for herself or or her husband. At that point, both of them will be leaving home to move to an assisted living or nursing home. They both want to stay at home as long as possible but they think they can't afford in-home assistance. The VA Pension is the answer to this problem, but unless someone tells this couple they will never know about it. The VA Pension will make the difference between living safely and comfortably at home, or having to leave their home to move to a facility.
Introduction to Veterans Pension
Most likely you're visiting this website because either (a) you just learned about VA Pension benefits and want to find out more details or (b) you've already been told that pension benefits are not available for yourself or loved one as a wartime veteran.
In either case, you will find that there are important strategies to consider, that you will not read on the VA official website. The information you need is hidden deep inside obscure VA manuals and there are few available resources to serve as a trustworthy guide.
We understand your concern and you can get answers to many of your questions by signing up for our free online Veterans Pension Learning Center.