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VA Aid & Attendance

A special pension benefit for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Individuals who are blind and in need of assistance, or a resident in an assisted/independent living facility may qualify.

How can these benefits help someone? Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, or assisted living facility for a Veteran, Veteran and Spouse, or Surviving Spouse (marriage must have ended in death) of a War Time Veteran.

Who is Eligible? Any War Time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, one day during war time, or their surviving spouse. Financial and medical eligibility requirements apply.

VA recognizes the following war time service periods:

  • Mexican Border Period: May 9, 1916, through April 5, 1917, for veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders or in adjacent waters.

  • World War I: April 6, 1917, through Nov. 11, 1918; for veterans who served in Russia, April 6, 1917, through April 1, 1920; extended through July 1, 1921, for veterans who had at least one day of service between April 6, 1917, and Nov. 11, 1918.

  • World War II: Dec. 7, 1941, through Dec. 31, 1946.

  • Korean War: June 27, 1950, through Jan. 31, 1955.

  • Vietnam War: Aug. 5, 1964 (Feb. 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before Aug. 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975.

  • Gulf War: Aug. 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.

How quickly would I receive the benefit? The processing time of any claim is solely contingent upon the current caseload of the Veteran’s Administration.

Eligibility for Veteran’s benefits are determined by the VA Administration after the claim is filed. Our VA Accredited Attorney and staff can assist in filing for this benefit. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

You may phone the Veterans Administration at (800) 827-1000 for further information, or contact a Veterans Service Office located in each county, or contact the Benefits Department at O’Rourke & Associates at (888)896-2010. You may also visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at

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