Q. With Veterans Day being last week, it got me to wondering, what kind of benefits does the VA have for older veterans?
A little known program provided by the VA is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit. This can be a huge help to veterans and their families. Here is a description of how it works:
What is it? The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit is the highest level of the Pension Benefit awarded and can provide extra monetary assistance if the veteran needs help with dressing, bathing, cooking or eating. This is paid in addition to the veteran’s monthly pension. There is also a Housebound Pension program, but benefits for both programs cannot be received at the same time. The Housebound Pension program is also paid in addition to the veteran’s monthly pension, but is at a lower rate than the Aid and Attendance Program and has different requirements for eligibility.