Understanding the Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans
Many military veterans and their spouses are unaware of a benefit that can help them with the expenses associated with senior care. If they qualify, a couple may be eligible for as much as $2,127 a month in additional support. For adult children who are trying to help an older parent finance a move to senior living, that can make a big difference.
The benefit that we are referring to is the Aid and Attendance benefit.
In honor of National Military Family Appreciation Month, we are sharing information on eligibility and the current benefit amounts.
Aid & Attendance Eligibility Requirements
Navigating the Aid and Attendance benefit process can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding eligibility. There are two primary conditions that must be met before the Veteran’s Administration will consider a veteran or their spouse for senior care benefits.
- Active Duty Service: A veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service to be considered, at least one day of which must have been during an acknowledged period of war. The Veteran’s Administration considers the following wars and conflicts as acknowledged periods of war:
- World War I (Apr. 6, 1917 – Nov. 11, 1918)
- World War II (Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946)
- Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – Jan. 31, 1955)
- Vietnam era (Feb. 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
- Gulf War (Aug. 2, 1990 – through a date yet to be determined)
- Health Status: The next criterion a veteran or their spouse must meet is a healthcare status determination. Currently, the criteria to qualify for senior care assistance is:
- Age 65 or older, OR
- Totally and permanently disabled, OR
- A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
- Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income
If these two requirements are met, the next step is what is called the yearly family income and net worth standard. Congress reviews and sets these each year.
Aid & Attendance Financial Determination
The Veteran’s Administration will review each senior’s individual circumstances. Compensation is based on financial assets and income, marital status, and the veteran’s healthcare expenses.
In 2017, the maximum award for each classification is:
- Married Veteran: $2,127 per month
- Married Spouse of Veteran Requires Care: $1,408 per month
- Single Veteran: $1,794 per month
- Surviving Spouse: $1,153 per month
Sunrise Senior Living is Home to Veterans
Sunrise communities across the country are home to many of our nation’s veterans. We are proud to have the opportunity to serve those who served our country so well.
If you are trying to help a veteran in your family determine if they are eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit, we can help. One of our team members at a community near you can answer your questions and connect with you with additional resources for support. Call today to learn more!