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VA Benefits and Healthcare for Elderly Veterans

August 2020, Volume 70, Issue 7

With our aging WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Cold War veterans, this article may be of interest to families taking care of elderly veterans.  Veterans earned this benefit by serving honorably in the U.S. Armed Force, and should take advantage if you qualify.  Read more about elderly benefits at the link at the end of this article.

Two VA programs provide certain elderly Veterans with an additional monetary amount if you are eligible for, or already receiving, a VA Pension benefit.

Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you meet one of the conditions below:

  • You require help performing daily functions, which may include bathing, eating or dressing.
  • You are bedridden.
  • You are a patient in a nursing home.
  • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
  • Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of a permanent disability.


Geriatrics is health care for elderly Veterans with complex needs. Extended care – also known as long term care – is a program for Veterans of all ages who need the daily support and assistance of another individual. Elderly Veterans can receive geriatric and long-term care programs at home, at VA medical centers, or in the community.

  • Geriatrics Program
  • Long Term Care
  • Eligibility for Long Term Care
  • Home Based and Community Services
  • Nursing Home and Residential Care
  • Geriatrics Research

More about elderly benefits at this link: