Eligibility Criteria


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Eligibility Requirements

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has established qualification criteria for veterans and/or the surviving spouses applying for the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit.

  • Veteran or Surviving Spouse of a veteran who served 90 days or more on active duty, with at least one day of service during a period of war.
  • Applicant must have a medical condition not related to military service requiring assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Veteran must have an honorable discharge.
  • Meet income-to-medical expense ratio.
  • Must meet asset requirements.

War Periods for Eligibility

  • World War II — December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service
  • Korean Conflict — June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam era — The period beginning on November 1, 1955, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases
  • Persian Gulf War — August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by presidential proclamation or law
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