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August 14, 2018

How Much Might a Veteran Receive from Aid and Attendance Allowances?

Trying to determine just how much money a veteran will receive through the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which is used for hiring homecare support, is not easy. There are numerous factors that go into making this determination, not the least of which involves who currently requires assistance (such as a husband and wife as opposed to just the elderly veteran himself), income and assets, and a specific, documentable need. Many veterans and their dependents seek to have this question answered before they even fill out the Aid and Attendance Benefit application.

The first thing is, when the need for homecare arises,  fill out and submit the application.

That’s because it can take a long time for the approval process. In fact, some veterans have reported waiting more than nine months to be approved (or, in some cases longer) this pension. While the VA does offer reimbursement, the sooner the application is completed and submitted, the better it’s going to be for the veteran who currently needs some type of homecare assistance.

Now, as for just how much a veteran should or can expect, the following rates applied to the December 1, 2013 through November 30, 2014 pay scales and are simply used as a guide to show the kind of impact dependents can have on the approval rate.

  • A husband and wife, both of whom will be relying on homecare support, may be eligible for between $0 to $2,127 per month through the Aid and Attendance allowance.
  • A single veteran, on the other hand, may be eligible to receive between $0 and $1,794 per month through the Aid and Attendance allowance.
  • A single surviving spouse of a qualifying veteran may expect somewhere between $0 and $1,153 per month, with the Aid in Attendance Allowance.

As can be seen, these numbers can vary based on numerous other factors. Just how much direct medical or physical support and assistance an aging veteran needs will impact their allowance, but essentially a veteran and a dependent, such as a spouse, can expect to receive potentially a bit more than a single veteran, and a surviving spouse of a qualifying veterans even less.

No matter what, though, the Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide valuable financial assistance to those veterans and their dependents (or surviving spouse) who require homecare support and assistance due to age, disability, or some other factor.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Waukegan IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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