Qualifying with the VA

In order to qualify for the A&A Pension Benefit, Applicants must be at least 65 years of age, or totally disabled, and meet care, income, & asset requirements

Care RequirementsIncome RequirementsAsset Requirements
There must be a need for physical assistance from another person on a regular basis. Blindness, mental incapacity, or assistance with at least two activities of daily living (eating, bathing/showering, toileting, dressing, transferring) satisfy this requirement.The A&A Pension Benefit is designed to provide a monthly payment to eligible claimants to pay for the necessities of life to the extent that their income is consumed by paying for medical care. In order to receive the full benefit, 100% of income must be consumed by qualifying medical expenses. In cases where total income isn’t consumed, a partial benefit may be available.In order to prevent “wealthy” claimants from receiving assistance, the VA implemented new rules in 2018 limiting the amount and types of countable assets as well as restrictions on gifting assets. APSC stands ready to help veterans & surviving spouses, as well as their family members and trusted advisors navigate these complex and confusing rules.