If you or your loved one is an Honorably Discharged Senior Veteran with at least 90 days of active duty with only one day during a time of war or a surviving spouse of said Veteran, you may qualify for tax-free benefits more commonly referred to as the AID AND ATTENDANCE SPECIAL PENSION passed by the US Congress in 1951.
1.The claimant must require the "Aid and Attendance" of another person on a regular basis and be unable to protect themselves from the daily hazards of their environment. This might include, but is not limited to, issues regarding mobility, dressing, memory issues, communication, social interaction and psychiatric impairments. Only a physician may complete the required Medical Statement for Consideration of Aid & Attendance.
2.The claimant must be over the age of 65 or totally and permanently disabled.
3.The veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty with only 1 day during a time of war.(See Wartime Periods)
4.Any discharge other than dishonorable.
5.A Surviving Spouse does not have to be over 65 years of age; however, they must have been married for at least one year at the time of the veteran's death and can not be re-married.
DVA Official Wartime Periods
1.World War II - December 7,1941 through December 31,1946.
2.Korean Conflict - June 27,1950 through January 31,1955.
3.Vietnam Era* - August 5,1964 through May 7,1975.
4.Persian Gulf War- August 2,1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation
*Veterans who were "In Country" prior to August 5, 1964 should use the following Official Wartime Periods for the Vietnam Era: February 28,1961 through May 7, 1975.
Services for Seniors will assist in determining whether you meet the initial prerequisites for assistance. Concurrently, we can assess and suggest the appropriate senior care for your needs. For more veteran information, please call the National VA Caregiver Support Line at