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Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

Last updated on November 23, 2023

In October 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs significantly changed the eligibility requirements for Aid and Attendance benefits, resulting in requirements similar to Medicaid eligibility guidelines.

Guidelines For Obtaining VA Benefits

Service

The veteran must have served at least 90 days active duty with a least one day during a wartime period:

  • World War II – December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
  • Korean War – June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam Conflict – August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975 if serving anywhere; February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 if in Vietnam
  • Persian Gulf August 2, 1990 – Present

Discharge

Other than dishonorable.

Disability

Presumption of disability over age 65; or total disability caused without willful misconduct of claimant.

Income

Please refer to our booklet under the “Resources” tab for more current information.

Asset Limitations

Net worth must be equal or less than $150,538 for 2023, excluding residential real estate up to two acres, less the amount of mortgaged or encumbered property.

What Is A Look Back Period?

This is a 36-month period immediately preceding a VA claim made after October 18, 2018, in which all asset transfers made at less than market rate are reviewed. If such transfers are found, the resulting penalty period may be a maximum of five years, calculated using the maximum pension rate. The penalty period begins the month following the date of the last transfer.