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VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you need help with daily activities, or you’re housebound, find out if you qualify.
If you get a VA pension and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below, you may be eligible for this benefit.
At least one of these must be true:
If you get a VA pension and you spend most of your time in your home because of a permanent disability (a disability that doesn’t go away), you may be eligible for this benefit.
Note: You can’t get Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.
You can apply for VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits in one of these ways:
Fill out VA Form 21-2680 (Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance) and mail it to the PMC for your state. You can have your doctor fill out the examination information section.
You can also include with your VA form:
If you’re in a nursing home, you’ll also need to fill out a Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection with Claim for Aid and Attendance (VA Form 21-0779).
Download VA Form 21-0779 (PDF)
You can bring your information to a VA regional office near you.
Find your nearest VA regional office
How long does it take VA to make a decision?
It depends. We process claims in the order we receive them, unless a claim requires priority processing.