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The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension benefit requires veterans to meet the following qualifications:
For a wartime veteran or surviving spouse to qualify for this special monthly pension, the veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service, one day of which was during a period of war, and be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Wartime veterans who entered active duty on or after September 8, 1980, (October 16, 1981, for officers) must have completed at least 24 continuous months of military service or the period for which they were ordered to active duty.
Surviving spouses of veterans must also have been married to the veteran at the time of passing.
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To qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit, applicants must meet health qualifications that most often apply to those who reside in assisted living communities, nursing facilities or receive at-home care. Veterans and surviving spouses are required to prove they need assistance on a daily basis.
Some basic health conditions that will be considered by the Veterans Affairs include:
- Assistance with bathing and other hygiene needs
- Supervision with daily living activities so as not to harm yourself or those around you
- Assistance with dressing, undressing and grooming