VA benefits for in-home CARE

We help wartime veterans, or the surviving spouses of wartime veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area with a little-known pension called “Aid & Attendance” from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). This benefit can offset the cost for home care and other services to live more safely at home.

Many who qualify don’t realize they are eligible. Military service must include at least one day during wartime, but overseas service, combat duty or a service-related disability is not required.

We partner with Veterans Home Care® and are a VetAssist® Program network provider.  We can help you apply for the VA pension and begin home care before the VA processes your claim.

One of the best features of the VetAssist Program is a no cost, interest free loan that allows you to begin care right away. When the VA approves the claim application, you receive retroactive funds from the date the application was filed. You can use those retroactive funds to repay the loan.


To qualify for the VetAssist Program, a veteran or surviving spouse will need to meet the following “3 Ms” criteria regarding Military service, Medical condition and Money.


Must be a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran who served at least 90 days on active duty, at least one day during wartime, with an honorable discharge (Persian Gulf War veterans must have two years of active duty or the full period of which they were called for active duty.)


Must have a non-service connected medical condition causing a need for assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as: bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding oneself, using the toilet and personal mobility. A physician must verify the medical condition.


Must meet the net worth limit (annual countable income and assets) which is $129,094 (effective December 1, 2019). Annual countable income and assets does not include a home, vehicle or the cost of continual medical expenses including the cost of in-home care.


Surviving Spouses of wartime veterans must meet all of the above criteria plus they must have been married for at least one year and married to the qualifying veteran at the time of his death and in most circumstances has not re-married.

designated WAR PERIODS

World War II

December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946

Korean War

June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955

Vietnam War

August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
Veterans who served 2/28/1961 – 8/5/1964 must have served “in country”

Persian Gulf War

August 2, 1990 – date yet to be determined
The active duty for these veterans is different than for other wartime veterans. It is at least two years or the full period for which they were called to duty

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The unique VetAssist® Program is an exclusive offering of the Veterans Home Care® family of companies. Veterans Home Care® and the VetAssist® Program are not part of any government agency and are not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs.