Overview of Aid & Attendance / Housebound Benefits

The veterans of the United States’ military went through great trials and tribulations to preserve the human rights and privileges we enjoy here at home. In return, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allocates Aid & Attendance and housebound benefits to veterans and their spouses. Continue reading for an overview of Aid & Attendance/Housebound benefits from the VA.

What Are Aid & Attendance/Housebound Benefits?

The need for Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a medical circumstance that veterans face when they require regular care from another person in order to carry out the activities of daily living. A&A benefits are paid to veterans, their dependents, or survivors at rates higher than standard VA pension or VA disability compensation. These benefits fall under programs referred to as Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) and Enhanced Pensions.

Qualifying for VA Aid & Attendance Benefits

As long as you need someone to help you perform daily activities, such as bathing, feeding, or getting dressed, due to a disability, you may qualify for Aid & Attendance benefits. Other qualifications veterans must meet in order to obtain Aid & Attendance benefits to include but not limited to:

  • Being bedridden;
  • Residing in a nursing home due to disability; and
  • Vision difficulties including prescription glasses or contacts and restricted eye movement as a result of service-related injury.

Eligibility for VA Housebound Benefits

Housebound benefits are slightly different but serve the same purpose as Aid & Attendance. They’re designed for veterans who have a permanent disability and are restricted to their home and whose lives have been drastically changed as a result.

Qualifying factors for veterans’ Household benefits include:

  • You are completely disabled and are unable to leave your home indefinitely due to your service-connected disabilities;
  • You have a single permanent disability evaluated as 100% disabling and another disability (or disabilities) evaluated as 60% or more.

Learn More about Aid & Attendance/Housebound Benefits from an Attorney

If you have questions about VA Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits, do not hesitate to reach out to our team for more insight. We can help you apply for these benefits or file an appeal if you have already received one or more denials. Call today to learn more.

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