Elderly Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial.
Veterans that obtain an 80 percent VA Disability rating receive $1,657.80 a month from the Veterans Administration. Eligible disabled veterans may also be able to receive extra monthly compensation for dependent children and parents.
Nursing home care is available for veterans who need nursing home care for a service-connected disability, veterans or who have a 70% or greater service-connected disability, or veterans with a rating of total disability based on individual unemployability.
VA benefits for spouses, dependents, survivors, and family caregivers. As the spouse or dependent child of a Veteran or service member , you may qualify for certain benefits , like health care, life insurance, or money to help pay for school or training. Find out which benefits you may qualify for and how to access them.
The Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit, or “A&A benefit,” provides up to $1,794 per month to a veteran , $1,153 to a surviving spouse or $2,127 to a couple. The money, which is tax- free , can be used for in- home care , board and care , an assisted living community or a private-pay nursing home .
Notice that there aren’t any income restrictions for VA Disability ! This is because if the VA finds the veteran’s condition to be service connected, it is admitting that the veteran’s service played a major role in their condition and the veteran should be compensated as a result.
VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% Without Children
|Dependent Status||70%||100 %|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$1,762.71||$3,603.43|
|Veteran with One Parent||$1,542.71||$3,287.21|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$1,640.71||$3,428.00|
|Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance||$113.00||$160.89|
Veterans who served on active duty for at least 90 consecutive days, including at least one full day during a time of war, may be eligible for Aid and Attendance if they also qualify for the basic Veterans Pension and meet the clinical and financial requirements . Service in a combat zone is not a requirement.
As of December 2018, a single veteran who qualifies for A&A can receive up to $1,881 per month, a married vet can receive up to $2,230 per month and a surviving spouse can receive up to $1,209 per month to pay for needed care at home, in an assisted living community, memory care or in a nursing home.
Basic Per Diem Program
|Fiscal Year||Adult Day Health Care Per Diem Rate||Nursing Home Per Diem Rate|
|FY 2020||$89.52 per day||$112.36 per resident per day|
|FY 2019||$87.42 per day||$109.73 per resident per day|
|FY 2018||$85.37 per day||$107.16 per resident per day|
|FY 2017||$84.52 per day||$106.10 per resident per day|
A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable may qualify for VA health care benefits including qualifying Reserve and National Guard members.
Veterans benefits are available to family members of the veteran when they are dependents of living veterans or surviving family members of deceased veterans .
Annual Income Limits – Health Benefits
|Veteran with:||VA National Income Threshold||VA Housebound Threshold|
|0 dependents||$33,632 or less||$16,540|
|1 dependents||$40,359 or less||$20,731|
|2 dependents||$42,672 or less||$23,044|
|3 dependents||$44,985 or less||$25,357|
Rules established under the law and published Wednesday in the Federal Register say the VA will pay for veterans to see non- VA doctors if they have to wait longer than 20 days or drive more than 30 minutes for primary or mental healthcare at a VA facility.
Family Caregivers will receive an average $1,600 in monthly stipend payments . The initial payments will average $2,500 because the first stipend checks are retroactive to the date of application.
The Veterans Administration’s Aid & Attendance Program offers assistance to eligible veterans and their spouses, or surviving spouses. Wartime veterans and surviving spouses may qualify for up to $1,644 monthly or $1,056 monthly respectively to pay for long-term care expenses.