The Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance benefit grants a pension to veterans who require the aid and attendance of another person for everyday functions. The exact amount received depends on several factors such as the degree of disability and marital status.
An Aid and Attendance benefit is paid in addition to any already-established monthly pension. This benefit cannot be collected without already being eligible for a pension. Those not eligible for a pension solely due to excessive income may be eligible for a pension at these increased rates, however.
Aid and Attendance is a separate benefit from the Housebound pension addition, and the two may not be collected simultaneously. To be eligible for Aid and Attendance, the applicant must need the help of another person in performing basic everyday tasks, be bedridden, live in a nursing home due to incapacity or have extremely limited eyesight. Applicants who are substantially confined to their home due to a permanent disability may apply for Housebound benefits instead.
Applications are made to the VA regional office where the applicant established their pension benefits. Copies of evidence to support the claim must be included, such as detailed medical reports from an attending physician documenting the applicant's limitations in getting around.