VA Aid & Attendance Program

Home care can be expensive. However, an estimated two million wartime veterans or their widows are eligible for the “Aid & Attendance” pension to help pay for home care. Many of those eligible veterans live right here in San Antonio which is also known as Military City. The downside is the difficulty many veterans have in correctly applying for these benefits and concurrently paying for home care during the 6-9 months it may take to get approved.

Griswold Home Care of San Antonio is happy to announce that we have partnered with a national company named Veteran's Home Care. They have an exceptional VetAssist® Program that helps veterans, or their surviving spouses, apply for a little-known Department of Veterans Affairs benefit to pay for assistance with activities of daily living. The wonderful thing is Griswold Home Care can provide home care while the VA reviews your claim. The VetAssist® Program also furnishes continuing case management and ongoing compliance monitoring – all with no out-of-pocket costs.

They have helped thousands of veteran families receive the “Aid & Attendance” pension and continue to live in the comfort of their own homes.

For more information and to have a free assessment of your eligibility by a Veteran's Home Care representative please contact our office.  Below are some basic eligibility requirements to help you determine your initial eligibility for this program.



Eligibility Requirements

Pension benefits are needs-based and your "countable" family income must fall below the yearly limit set by law. Veterans must have at least 90 days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period. If the active duty occurred after September 7, 1980, you must have served at least 24 months or the full period that you were called up (with some exceptions). You must also be:

  •  Age 65 or older with limited or no income, OR
  •  Totally and permanently disabled, OR
  •  A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
  •  Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR
  •  Receiving Supplemental Security Income

The Veteran must have met the service requirements above for surviving spouses and children applying for the Survivors Pension.

Aid and Attendance and Household

Veterans and survivors 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.

Since Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A Veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.

Aid and Attendance

The Aid & Attendance (A&A) increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:

  •  You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment
  •  You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment
  •  You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity
  •  Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less


This increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.

Eligible Wartime Periods

Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:

  •  World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
  •  World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
  •  Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
  •  Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
  •  Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)