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04-02-2009, 02:24
A little known and often over looked benefit that could help our war vet's.


The Special Pension for Veterans’ called Aid and Attendance pays up to $1,644 a month, $19,736 annually, toward assisted living, nursing homes or in-home care for veterans 65 and older who served at least 90 days and one day during wartime — stateside or overseas. Veterans and their spouses can receive up to $23,396 annually and spouses of deceased veterans, $12,681.

Many elderly veterans and surviving spouses whose incomes are above the congressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension may still be eligible for the special monthly Aid and Attendance benefit if they have large medical expenses, including nursing home expenses, for which they do not receive reimbursement.

Think of all the WWII, Korean War, and even Vietnam veterans that this might help. Not to mention the surviving spouses of deceased wartime veterans.

Since military service seems to run in the family, the more our current personnel know about the Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit, the more likely an eligible Vet will find out about the overlooked benefit.

Assistance in applying for the Aid and Attendance benefit can be obtained by calling 1-800-827-1000. Applications may be submitted online at http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp. Information is also available on the Internet at www.va.gov (http://www.va.gov) or from any local veterans’ service organization.

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04-02-2009, 11:26

Would this apply to those during the Cuban Crisis? I don't think it would, but not sure.

This is great information!

04-02-2009, 14:42
As I understand it, the veteran has to only have one (1) day of war time service and a minimum of 90 days service total (higher minimums for vets enlisting after 1980)

Cuba was 1962 and I don't think that is a recognized "wartime" conflict. However the US had people in Vietnam from about 1954 to 1975 so we'll need to run down exactly what the official start date for Vietnam. I think it is 1961 which is 2 year before the lauded start date of 1963. If it is indeed 1961 then that should cover the period of service in question for the Cudan Missile Crisis (1962)

If the vet has a National Defense Service Medal then I would say he likely qualifies. He simply needs to be anywhere on active duty in the military during an authorized period of conflict to have "wartime service". He does not need to be in the AOR or engage in a fire fight.

His service at Cuba should qualify if it was "during" Vietnam.

04-02-2009, 16:54
The person in question served 1957-1961. I don't believe he held a National Defense Service ribbon, thus he wouldn't qualify. However, I do qualify, which is a good thing.

Thank you very much for this post and information.

10-18-2013, 03:07
VA: Aid & Attendance and Housebound

Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:

•World War I (6 Apr 1917 – November 11, 1918)
•World War II (7 Dec 1941 – December 31, 1946)
•Korean conflict (27 Jun 1950 – January 31, 1955)
•Vietnam era ((a) 28 Feb 1961 – 7 May 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period, or)
•Vietnam era ((b) 5 Aug 1964 – 7 May 1975 for Veterans who did not serve in the Republic of Vietnam)
•Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)

BEFORE 6 Sep 1980: Veterans must have least 90 days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period.

AFTER 7 Sep 1980: Veterans must have served at least 24 months of active duty or the full period mobilized (ordered to active duty) (with some exceptions), including one day during a wartime period