This is a benefit for Veterans or Surviving Spouses who meet eligibility requirements regarding (1) military service, (2) net worth limitations, (3) disabilities and level of care, and (4) income.  The purpose of this benefit is to provide some financial assistance when a veteran’s (or surviving spouse’s) health declines and their medical expenses increase.  When a person qualifies for this benefit, the VA considers all sources of income and deducts eligible medical expenses.  The VA then supplements income to bring it up to income levels as set by Congress.

Military Service Requirements

A Veteran with 90 days active duty, one day during a period of war, and anything but dishonorably discharged.  A surviving spouse of a War Time Veteran must have been married to veteran at the time of veteran’s death.

Net Worth Limitations

While the VA does set limitations on assets, this should not discourage you from calling and discussing your unique situation with us.  The information is free and it is our goal to educate our veterans in the benefit available to them.

Disability/Level of Care

They must require the attendance of another person to assist in at least two activities of daily living: eating, transferring, medication management, bathing, dressing, or toileting.  It also includes individuals who are blind or patients in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity.

Potential Monthly Benefit

The benefit is available tax free to help assist with the cost of assisted living.

Single Veteran:        $1,788.00

Surviving Spouse:   $1,149.00

Married Veteran:      $2,120.00

How Long is the Application Process?

It takes approximately 4 months to actually begin receiving payment from the VA. However, the VA pays retroactively to the first day of the month following the date the application is received.

How To Apply

  • DD214 or separation papers
  • Medical evaluation from physician showing current medical issues
  • Income from all sources and medical expenses which include assisted living costs.
  • A surviving spouse must provide a death certificate of the veteran and proof of their marriage.