The Aid and Attendance Pension provides financial benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require regular assistance in everyday tasks such as eating, bathing or dressing. The A&A program offers financial support that covers living expenses, which in turn eases a veteran's living situation.
As of 2015, the A&A Pension offers up to $1,788 per month for veterans and $1,149 per month for surviving spouses. The program also offers an allowance of $2,120 per month to couples. For eligible veterans filing with a sick spouse, a pension is granted in the amount of about $1,406 per month.
To prove a veteran's eligibility, individuals must file the proper veterans application for pension and compensation. The application requires a DD-214 form, which is issued to military members after actively serving in the military. The applicant must also obtain a medical evaluation from a physician and provide any known medical issues, as well as net income and limitations in net worth. In addition, applicants must provide information regarding out-of-pocket medical expenses.
It is also required for a physician to establish that the veteran or spouse requires assistance by others to perform daily tasks such as bathing, cooking and eating. However, it is not mandatory that veterans need assistance for all tasks.