Wartime veterans and their surviving spouses, 65 years and older, may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The benefit, part of the Veterans Benefits Program, is designed to provide financial aid to help offset the cost of long-term care for those who need assistance with daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and mobility.
- With the benefit in hand, you are able to afford the care you need.
- You never have to pay it back and it is completely tax-free.
- Like Social Security, this pension is dependable and is paid directly to you by the Department of the Treasury.
- This benefit can be used for in-home care, board and care, assisted living communities, and private-pay nursing homes.
Qualification & Eligibility Facts
A veteran need not have seen combat, or been injured in service. A veteran need only have served 90 days of active duty, with at least 1 day during a war era.
Qualifying periods of war:
- World War II
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict
June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
- Vietnam Era
February 28, 1961 to August 4, 1964 (in Vietnam)
August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975
Qualifying release from duty:
Honorable or General Discharge.
This tax-free benefit is paid directly to the veteran or widow monthly.
Maximum tax-free benefit awards:
- Single Veteran: $1,881 monthly
- Married Veteran: $2,230 monthly
- Surviving Spouse: $1,209 monthly
The veteran or spouse must be age 65 or older, or permanently and totally disabled. This benefit is intended for those veterans and spouses who would benefit from the help of another with daily activities.