Am I eligible for the V.A. aid and attendance benefit as a veteran or surviving spouse?
- You may be eligible for this benefit if you get a V.A. pension and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below. Please note that there are also income and asset qualifications.
- You need another person to help you perform daily activities, like bathing, feeding and dressing.
- You have to stay in bed – or you spend a large portion of the day in bed – because of illness.
- You’re a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability.
- Your eyesight is limited – even with glasses or contact lenses, you have only 5/200 or less in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to five degrees or less.
The maximum pension rate (monthly) 2023*
- Veteran and Spouse (Veteran Needs Care): $2,649
- Single Veteran: $2,229
- Surviving Spouse: $1,432
- Veteran and Spouse Need Care: $2,642
*The pension rate changes annually. Please visit va.gov/pension/survivors-pension-rates for the latest pension rate information.
How do I get this benefit?
Fill out V.A. Form 21-2680 and mail it to:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Pension Intake Center
PO Box 5365
Janesville, WI 53547-5365
For more information, or to download forms, please visit va.gov/pension/aid-attendance-housebound
If you have specific questions about veterans benefits, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is located at 600 E. University Avenue in Urbana. You can call (217) 278-3388 to speak to them directly.