VA Benefit for Long Term Care

A little known benefit is available to veterans and surviving spouses through the Veteran’s Administration.  It is a pension benefit, and therefore is not dependent upon service-related injuries in order to receive compensation.

This benefit provides monetary compensation to veterans and surviving spouses who require regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature.  This includes veterans/surviving spouses who are blind, or who are a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity, such as Alzheimer's.  Care in an assisted living facility qualifies. 

To be eligible the veteran must have served during one of the following time 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 through May 7,1975 (February 28,1961 start for veterans who served “in country” before August 5,1964)

Gulf War -- August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law of Presidential Proclamation.

For 2012 a single veteran is eligible for up to maximum benefit of $1732 per month and a surviving spouse is eligible for up to a maximum benefit of $1113 per month.  There are income requirements that need to be met.

The Laona M. Kitchen Foundation can assist families who qualify for this benefit by providing information and education on the process and documentation needs in applying for this benefit.  Please view the links at the top left for samples of a VA application timeline and the Aid & Attendance letter.