Effective December 1, 2016 Pension Rate Table Aid & Attendance
Category Annually Monthly
Vet W/ Dependent $25,525 $2,127
Single Vet $21,531 $1,794
Two Married Vets $34,153 $2,846
Surviving Spouse $13,836 $1,153
Improved Pension Only $16,902 $1,408

This tax-free benefit is paid out monthly to the veteran or spouse.

3 Key Eligibility Requirements

  1. The veteran must have served in active military for 90 or more consecutive days, with at least one day during a period of wartime as defined by the Veterans Administration.
  2. The veteran must have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
  3. The veteran must be over the age of 65 or disabled.


The VA defines Aid and Attendance eligibility using the following four criteria:

  • General: Who is eligible?
  • Income: What income requirements must be met?
  • Assets: What are the assets restrictions?
  • Medical: What medical requirements qualify?

All of these criteria areas must work together before the Aid and Attendance pension is approved for a veteran and/or surviving spouse.

General Eligibility

  • Wartime veteran or surviving spouse over age 65 or totally disabled
  • Veteran who served his/her country for a minimum of 90 consecutive days of active duty with at least one day during wartime era
  • Discharged from military under “other than dishonorable” conditions

Medical Eligibility

  • The VA program is designed to help veterans and/or surviving spouses requiring regular care and assistance from others in addressing life’s daily needs or being protected from life’s hazards.

Income Eligibility

  • Under VA eligibility guidelines, the veteran and/or surviving spouse must be spending all income on medical expenses

Asset Eligibility

  • The maximum allowable assets are based on the veteran and/or surviving spouse’s income, medical expenses and life expectancy.