What is the VA Aid & Attendance Benefit?
Veterans and surviving spouses who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

The Aid & Attendance Benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a “Pension Benefit” and is NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. A single Veteran is eligible for up to $1,732 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,113 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse is eligible for up to $2,054 per month.

What Veterans are eligible for the benefit?
Any war-time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a Congressionally-declared war.
What years was the U.S. in Congressionally declared war?
Declared War Dates
World War II 12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946
Korean Conflict
06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955
Vietnam Era
02/28/1961 – 05/07/1975 for veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during this period
08/05/1964 – 05/07/1975 otherwise
Gulf War 08/02/1990 – future date to be set by law of Presidential Proclamation
What additional qualifications are necessary to receive the benefit?
  • Vet is 65 years of age.
  • Requires the Aid & Attendance of another person to assist with the activities of daily living such as: Eating (meal preparation), bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of needs of nature, transferring to bed/walker/wheelchair, managing medications or finances. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in a assisting living facility also qualifies.
  • Is spending more money per month for unreimbursed (out-of-pocket) recurring healthcare and medical expenses then your monthly income.
  • Has a limited amount of savings.
  • Less than $40-$80k savings defined as a total of all: Bank & credit union accounts, stocks, bonds, CDs, money markets, mutual funds, 401k & IRA retirement programs, rental property, vacation property, business interests, part time income etc. Primary residence, one automobile and personal possessions are not counted as part of countable assets.
What documents are required to receive the benefit?
  • Discharge papers: Military record of “Honorable Discharge”
  • Death Certificate of Veteran if applying as surviving spouse.
  • Valid marriage license or certificates (information on other marriage if married more than once): Dates, places, maiden names and reasons & dates marriage ended (divorce or death).
  • Social security numbers (veteran & spouse).
  • Birth date(s) and place of birth (veteran & spouse – do not need birth certificates).
  • Physicians Information: Doctors’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates you first started to see them and for what condition (both veteran and spouse)?
  • Gross monthly income from all sources of revenue (veteran & spouse): Social security, pension, interest earned, dividends distributed, disability income, etc.
  • Financial Statements (estimated values of each where applicable): Bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, most recent brokerage account, annuities, IRA’s, other real estate outside of primary residence, and life insurance cash value.
  • Voided check from account you wish to have VA direct deposit your benefit.
  • All non-reimbursed, monthly recurring medical expenses: Healthcare & supplemental healthcare premiums paid out of pocket, facility and or home health costs. LTC insurance premiums.
What is C.A.V.A?
C.A.V.A stands for Cleveland American Veterans Association. It is a registered non-profit 501c(3) veteran oriented charity formed in April, 2009.

C.A.V.A‘s long-term mission is to establish nationwide housing for veterans and their spouses who are unable to afford traditional care or independent care facilities.

The immediate service the charity provides for wartime veterans is attainment of Aid & Attendance Improved Pension Benefit offered through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

How can I help?
Like all charities we seek generous donations from benefactors such as you. Unlike most charities, at this time, we are not funded by large governmental sources. In the short term, C.A.V.A relies totally on direct voluntary contributions. This is why we’re asking for your support for a much-needed cause.

Please help us help them. Any contribution you donate will be greatly appreciated, is tax-deductible, and will help C.A.V.A continue to operate.

Thank You for your support and service to the greatest nation in the world, The United States of America!