Aid & Attendance
Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an add-on benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. To begin an assessment of your eligibility, click here. A Veteran or surviving Spouse may be eligible for A&A when:
- The Veteran or Surviving Spouse requires the aid of another person in order to perform one or more personal functions required in everyday living, such as:
- inability to feed themselves through loss of coordination of upper extremities or through extreme weakness,
- inability to dress or undress themselves,
- attending to the wants of nature,
- inability to keep themselves ordinarily clean and presentable,
- adjusting prosthetic or orthopedic devices which by reason of the particular disability cannot be done without aid, or
- incapacity, physical or mental, which requires care or assistance on a regular basis to protect oneself from the hazards or dangers of one’s daily environment, OR,
- The Veteran or Surviving Spouse is bedridden, in that their disability or disabilities requires that they remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment, OR,
- The Veteran or Surviving Spouse is a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, OR,
- The Veteran or Surviving Spouse is blind, or so nearly blind as to have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
NOTE: Any one of the above conditions may qualify the Veteran or Surviving Spouse for Aid and Attendance. Additionally, if a Claimant’s Spouse meets the qualifications of a need for aid and attendance, that need may also assist a Veteran in qualifying for the improved pension benefit.
Neither a Veteran nor a Surviving Spouse can receive both Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits at the same time.