The Veterans Administration has established qualification criteria for Veterans and/or the surviving spouses applying for the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit.
- Veteran or Surviving Spouse of a veteran who served 90 days or more on active duty, with at least one day of service during a period of war.
- Applicant must have a medical condition not related to military service requiring assistance with activities of daily living.
- Veteran must have an honorable discharge.
- Must meet income-to-medical expense ratio.
- Must meet asset requirements.
War Periods for Eligibility
- World War II — December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service
- Korean Conflict — June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
- Vietnam Era — The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases
- Persian Gulf War — August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law