AID AND ATTENDANCE AND HOUSEBOUND BENEFITS SURVIVORS:
Aid and Attendance for veterans and survivors provides a monthly benefit based on a high level of disability that prevents a veteran or a survivor from performing basic activities of daily life (ADL). The value of the benefit depends on a number of factors including the number of dependents, the income a survivor or veteran receives, and whether or not the disabilities were incurred during service, and whether the veteran served during a period of declared war.
The chart below tabulates the different amounts of aid and attendance benefits for which a survivor might be eligible under different circumstances.
Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR)
Child Earned Income Exclusion
The eligibility for the different amounts of benefits arises from a confusing interconnected set of rules, laws, cases, and a dizzying batch of forms including, among others, VA 21-534EZ, VA 21-0779, and VA 21-2680.