VA Aid and Attendance benefits are a little known benefit from the Veterans Administration that provides extraordinary assistance for veterans and their surviving spouses as they age and require caregiving.

The veteran’s disability does not have to be service connected. They only need to have served during a time of war. This benefit can pay a vet up to $2,120 per month in assistance with care if the veteran qualifies medically and financially. Receiving the financial support from the Aid and Attendance program can often help an aging veteran remain off of Medicaid and provide them the financial independence to choose the type of care they prefer. The proposed new rules will potentially make it much more difficult for the vet to qualify for this benefit that they earned through service to their country.

The new regulations propose penalizing veterans for gifts they might have given to their children for birthdays, holidays or even as payment for providing care. Penalties for this type of gifting can deny veterans vital assistance through the Aid and Attendance program for up to 10 years. The new regulations also add restrictions to the type of assistance that will be allowed for qualification for Aid and Attendance. Vets who are at the earliest stage of medical need and live in independent living facilities will no longer qualify for the program. These penalties are harsh and have extreme consequences for our nation’s veterans.