There are a variety of federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents. Eligibility depends upon individual circumstances. Contact the nearest Veterans Affairs Benefits Office at 1-800-827-1000 to apply.
For most veterans, entry into the VA healthcare system starts with enrollment at a VA healthcare facility. Veterans with Internet access may apply for enrollment on-line at www. VA.Gov/101Oez.htm by completing VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits, which can also be obtained by calling the toll-free Veterans Affairs telephone number above. Veterans who have enrolled at the VA are eligible for a benefits package of in-patient and outpatient services. These include: limited nursing home care, adult day healthcare and homeless programs, preventative medicine services, primary care, surgery, mental health and substance abuse treatment, home healthcare, respite and hospice care, emergency care in VA facilities and drugs and pharmaceuticals.
If someone is seeking benefits that are not for a service connected disability there is likely to be means testing, meaning that if you have too much income or too many assets, benefits will be reduced or denied.
The Veterans’ Administration offers a Special Pension with Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit. This Special Pension (part of the VA Improved Pension program) allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisted living facility also qualifies. This is a “pension benefit” and is not dependent upon service related injuries for compensation. Most Veterans who are in need of assistance qualify for this pension.
Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility.
The A&A Pension can provide up to:
Single Veteran: $1,882.00
Married Veteran: $2,231.00
Surviving Spouse of a Veteran: $1,209.00
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is considered to be the third tier of a VA program called Improved Pension. The other two tiers are Basic and Housebound. Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications.