V.A. Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits

What are V.A. Aid and Attendance (A&A) and Housebound benefits?

Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits can be paid to a veteran in addition to his or her monthly V.A. pension benefits. Neither Aid and Attendance nor Housebound benefits can be paid to a veteran unless the veteran is eligible for a V.A. pension.

Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits can also be paid to the survivor of a veteran who's collecting a V.A. Death Pension.

Aid and Attendance benefits can add up to about $700 per month extra to a veteran's V.A. pension benefits, and about $500 per month extra to a survivor's V.A. Death Pension. Housebound benefits can add up to about $200 a month to a veteran's pension benefits, and up to about $150 per month extra to a survivor's V.A. Death Pension.

A veteran or survivor cannot receive both Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits at the same time.

Who's eligible for V.A. Aid and Attendance Benefits?

A veteran who's receiving a V.A. pension, or a survivor who's receiving a V.A. Death Pension, may also be eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits if one or more of these conditions apply to the veteran or survivor:

  • He or she requires regular assistance from another person in order to perform activities of daily living, including bathing, feeding, dressing, using the toilet, getting in and out of bed or chair, using a prosthetic device, and keeping free from injury in his or her daily environment.

  • He or she is bedridden, meaning that a disability keeps him or her in bed except when undergoing prescribed rehabilitation or medical treatment.

  • He or she is a patient in a nursing home, due to mental or physical incapacity.

  • He or she is blind (corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less) in both eyes or has concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Who's eligible for V.A. Housebound Benefits?

A veteran who's receiving a V.A. pension, or a survivor receiving a V.A. Death Pension, may also be eligible for Housebound benefits if one or more of these conditions apply to the veteran or survivor:

  • He or she has a single permanent disability evaluated by the V.A. as 100 percent disabling and, due to that disability, the veteran or survivor is permanently and substantially confined to his or her home.

  • He or she has a single permanent disability evaluated by the V.A. as 100 percent disabling and also has another disability or disabilities evaluated as 60 percent or more disabling.

How do I apply for V.A. Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits?

A veteran or survivor applies for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits by contacting the V.A. regional office where the veteran filed a claim for a V.A. pension or the survivor filed a claim for V.A. Death Pension. If the veteran or veteran's family doesn't know where the pension claim was filed, or the veteran or survivor is now living in a different region of the country, a request to apply for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits may be made with any V.A. regional office.

What will I need to apply for V.A. Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits?

Since eligibility for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits depends on already receiving a V.A. pension or V.A. Death Pension, the veteran or survivor won't need to provide separate evidence of discharge or current income or assets. The veteran or survivor only needs to provide evidence to the V.A. that his or her physical or mental condition meets the standards set out for either benefit. This evidence can include:

  • A report from the veteran's or survivor's primary care physician describing the veteran's or survivor's physical condition and the need for Aid and Attendance, or the nature and extent of the veteran's or survivor's disability and the inability of the veteran or survivor to leave the house without assistance. The report should describe how the veteran's or survivor's physical or mental impairment, loss of coordination, or other conditions affect his or her ability to dress and undress, feed him- or herself, bathe, use the toilet, and get in and out of bed.

  • The veteran's V.A. health system identification number (if the veteran uses V.A. medical care), so that the V.A. can examine the veteran's medical records indicating the nature of his or her condition.

  • A report or description from any home care agency, home care aide, physical therapist, or other agency or person that regularly assists the veteran or survivor indicating how well the veteran or survivor is able to get around and how well he or she can perform the activities of daily living.

Where can I get help applying for V.A. Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits?

You can get free assistance with any V.A.-related question or problem by phone or in person through one of the V.A.'s Vet Centers, which are located in every state. You can also get assistance by contacting the V.A.'s Veterans Benefits Administration office nearest you. The V.A. also has a toll-free telephone help line at 800-827-1000.


8 months ago, said...

our uncle has full blown Alzheimer's and cant take of himself. He is getting a military pension but when I went to the local VA they said its not service connected so we cant help. I guess the haven't heard of the AID AND ATTENDENCE?.Can any one help?


almost 2 years ago, said...

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almost 2 years ago, said...

My mom is needing assistance with moving into a senior assisted living facility. Where do I start? What do I do?


about 2 years ago, said...

Mom receives death pension, We applied and were approved for Aid and Attendence.Will she receive two separate deposits now?


about 3 years ago, said...

My father-in-law is a WWII veteran. He was not injured during his service, and does not receive a pension, but he is treated at the VA clinics & hospital. He was approved for and receives a monthly amount for Aid & Attendance. He is 92, has dementia and is presently in rehab. In a week or two, he will need to go into a nursing home. His wife of 61 years will need to go into the nursing home, too. Will they be able to get help from VA? Their combined income including the Aid & Attendance and Social Security is a little less than $2,000 per month so they cannot pay for it themselves.


about 4 years ago, said...

The article explains in reader-friendly terms the differences in Aid & Attendance or Housebound Benefits for veterans. Thanks again.


over 4 years ago, said...

He received a staff infection while in the VA that has ended up in 5 operation that has left him unable to walk.He in going to need 24 hour care, but wants to be at home. How does ge get this Aid from the Va, he is not getting a pension. He is 62.Was in service during Vietnam, but did not got to war.


over 5 years ago, said...

I think this article is wrong in regards to eligibility for this benefit. Veterans do not need to be eligible for a pension in order to use the Aid and Attendance for Homebound Veterans benefit. My Dad is applying for this benefit and we think he will get it.


over 5 years ago, said...

Hi Tomas, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, we are unable to answer questions about international laws and services. Since our site is based in the US so is our expertise, and we don't have information about international laws and services. Sorry we weren't able to answer your question, hopefully we'll be more useful to you in the future. Best, Emily | Community Manager


over 5 years ago, said...

hello, and thanks for your page. I would like to know if, I come get this if I move to the Philippines? I now have homecare here in the states. Yet, have been looking into moving to the P.I. Any help ? thanks


over 5 years ago, said...

Hi Whatamitodo, Thanks for your question. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. If you'd like you can post your question in our Ask & Answer section, located here: ( http://www.caring.com/ask ). I hope you're able to find a solution to your issue. Best -- Emily


over 5 years ago, said...

My father was eligible for this benefit but he died before the VA had completed his paperwork. Even though he had to pay out of his pocket in lieu of receiving the back pay, the VA stopped processing his paperwork and will not pay for the amount of time that passed between his becoming eligible and his death. I'm not sure what to do.


about 6 years ago, said...

Finding concrete information about veteran eligibility for the AA or Housebound benefits even though it was negative in our case.