The Aid and Attendance Program
You or your loved one may also qualify for a special benefit called Aid and Attendance. The Veterans Administration offers a program for qualified vets and their spouses if they require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices or protection from the hazards of their daily environment.
Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.
A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.
Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.
Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Must be 65 years or older or totally disabled.
The best way to file for disability compensation is to apply online. To submit a paper application, download and complete VA Form 21-527EZ (Veteran) VA Form 21-534EZ (Spouse) “Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits” and mail the application to:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
P.O. Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
Under this program, a veteran can receive a maximum of $1,801.00 per month in benefits and a widow or widower can receive up to $976.00 as a maximum benefit for aid and attendance for the year 2011.
*Annual rent increase will still occur when applicable.