Financial Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses
Veterans and surviving spouses of veterans often qualify for financial assistance related to retirement and assisted living, through the Aid & Attendance Program offered by The Department of Veteran Affairs.
Unlike some veterans’ programs, qualifying for assistance is not dependent on service-related injuries or disabilities. It’s simply a tax-free benefit that most veterans qualify for when they need assistance for everyday living during retirement. Assisted living at Proctor Place typically qualifies.
Other qualifications include:
- Discharged from service under any condition other than dishonorable.
- Served a minimum of 90 days of active military service, one day of which during a wartime period.
- Veteran or surviving spouse is age 65 or older.
- The veteran is permanently and totally disabled, and has a family income below an annual limit set by law.
Qualifying wartime periods are:
- World War I: 5/9/1916 to 11/11/1918
- World War II: 12/07/1941 to 12/31/1946
- Korean Conflict: 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955
- Vietnam Era: 8/5/1964 to 5/7/1975
- Persian Gulf: 8/20/1990 to present