VA Announces Aid & Attendance Pension Rates for 2017

VA Increases Wartime Veteran Aid & Attendance Benefits for 2017

Veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars can qualify for various pensions designed to assist them due to medical expenses that they, their spouse or widows they incur.

Aid & Attendance:  This benefit is typically available when a veteran or veteran’s spouse is in a nursing home.  It is also available for those in an assisted living or memory care facility for medical purposes.

Housebound:  This benefit is available for a veteran or his spouse with mobility issues caused by a medical condition.  Persons applying for this benefit must be substantially confined to their home.

The maximum 2017 benefits are:


Maximum Monthly IncomeVeteran (Single)Veteran (w/ Dependent)Veterans (two married veterans)Surviving Spouse of Veteran
Aid and Attendance












How Much Could You (or your Family Member Receive?  Click here for a worksheet.


[1] If one qualifies for Aid & Attendance but the other is healthy, then the maximum benefit is $2,127.  If one is housebound, the maximum is $2,386.


[2] If only one is housebound, then the maximum benefit if $1,886.

By Richard Winblad

Richard Winblad is a lifelong Oklahoma City Metro resident with a law practice focused on Elder Law and Estate Planning. His practice focus helping seniors and veterans by giving sound legal estate planning advice including Medicaid Estate Planning and Veteran’s Benefit Qualification. In 1984, Richard graduated from OSU with an undergraduate degree in Business he later sought and earned a Law Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. His practice is based in Edmond and is held in a beautiful pre-statehood home close to UCO at 102 E. Thatcher. He is president of the Oklahoma City Commercial Lawyers Association, a group that provides legal an ethical training for attorneys. He is also a member of “Lawyers with Purpose”, an organization that provides in depth training and support to attorneys who practice in the area of elder law. He received an AV Preeminent® rating by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Dedicated to educating the public, Richard does workshops and presentations all around the state for professionals and laypersons. These programs provide vital information to our veterans and seniors as they look forward in planning living and financial needs that fit their desires.