War Veteran's Aid and Attendance Benefits

There are special pension benefits available for Veterans who served during eligible war periods and/or their widow (claimant) to help with medical expenses.

Aid and Attendance Pension (A&A)

The Claimant may qualify for this benefit if the service, financial and medical qualifications are met. The Veteran can also qualify for medical supplies and medicines from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The War Veteran must have:


  • served 90 consecutive days on active military duty;
  • received a better than a dishonorable discharge; and
  • served at least 1 day of active duty during a war period (there is no requirement that any of the service be performed in a combat zone).



The Widow(er) must not have divorced the Veteran or remarried after the Veteran's death.

The Claimant (Veteran or widow(er) must be certified by a doctor as needing assistance with their daily living activities.

The Household:





  • must have less than $123,600 in allowable countable assets such as bank accounts, bonds, annuities, home equity exceeding a certain amount (subject to the discretion of the VA); and
  • must have an adjusted household income less than the A&A Benefit (gross household income minus unreimbursed recurring medical expenses).








Eligible Periods

World War II:

December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946

Korean War:

June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955

Vietnam War:

August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961 for Veterans who served "in country" before August 5, 1964) through May 7, 1975

Persian Gulf War:

August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by Presidential Proclamation or Law