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The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension
is a benefit available to veterans and their surviving spouses who require the regular assistance of another individual to perform basic tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing, or undressing. In general, A&A is available to those veterans and spouses who need assistance with taking care of the needs of nature. Individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home facility due to a mental or physical incapacity are also eligible for this benefit. If qualified, a veteran can receive up to $1,788 per month in A&A benefits; a surviving spouse may receive up to $1,149 per month; a couple stands to receive $2,120 per month. A veteran with a sick spouse may receive an additional $1,406 per month. Many veterans and their families overlook the A&A benefit, especially if the veteran continues to remain independent while the spouse is the one in need. However, because many chronic or terminal illnesses require extensive medical attention, a couple’s combined income is oftentimes not enough to cover the expenses; in this instance, the veteran may file as a veteran with a sick spouse.