Many years ago the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed a new pension program designed to provide financial assistance to physically disabled veterans who lacked the funds necessary to provide the care they needed. This pension benefit extends to the veteran’s surviving spouse, and, in certain cases, to the veteran’s children and parents. Unlike Medicaid, the VA pension is relatively easy to qualify for and provides substantial advantages over other need-based programs.

The VA’s “Aid and Attendance” pension program provides significant benefits not only to veterans and their families, but also to the facilities in which they wish to reside. In many cases, residents with limited resources will “out live” their nest egg and be forced to seek assistance through government programs such as Medicaid. Being free from such assistance allows residents to make choices regarding the care they need and the facility that will provide those services. Not only does the resident enjoy increased income and independence, but the facility can admit or retain residents that they might otherwise lose.

This special Veteran’s Program is designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses receive the financial support necessary to ensure their continuing care in an assisted living or nursing home setting. Benefits may also be available for house-bound individuals that require daily assistance to maintain their health, dignity and safety.

Pension will pay up to: $1220.00 per month for Veteran and one dependant
$931.00 per month for Veteran alone
$640.00 per month for surviving spouse

The above pension is a tax-free benefit paid directly to the qualified applicant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day served during a time of war.
  2. Assets must be less than $80,000.00 (Assets do not include your personal residence, automobile or other assets your use on a regular basis)
  3. Financial need: In general, there must be less income each year than the cost of care provided, including the monthly charges by the assisted living or nursing facility, the cost of doctor’s appointments and prescription drugs (non-reimbursed amounts), medical supplies, eye glasses, hearing aids, travel to doctors appointments, etc.
  4. Medical diagnosis: There must be a medical reason why you cannot live independently and need regular assistance and care. Assistance with ADL’s meals, transportation, housekeeping services up to full assisted living or nursing home care will qualify. If you currently reside in an assisted living facility you may already be qualified in regard to need.

Any questions regarding this program please contact:

County of Ventura Veteran Services
1701 Pacific Ave. Suite 110
Oxnard, CA 93033
(805) 385-6366