Veteran’s Benefits


VA Benefit Overview

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Aid and Attendant Veteran Benefit/Pension Program

Acceptable Wartime Dates

In addition to honorable service, most Veteran’s Benefits require active duty during ‘time of war.” Currently recognized wartime periods are:

World War I April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918
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
Gulf War August 2, 1990 – through a date set by Law or Presidential Proclamation

** If Veteran was in country of Vietnam between 02-28-61 and 08-04-64 this is also considered wartime service

Supporting Documentation Required for Veteran:

  • Discharge Papers (original or certified with Courthouse seal only)
  • 1099’s or other proof of annual income
  • Letter from facility where claimant lives, including date of arrival/admission, monthly rate, or letter indicating cost of services provided by caregiver
  • Voided blank check from claimant’s checking account
  • Proof of medical expenses
  • Proof of Identity (social security card, birth certificate, or similar documentation may be required)

Supporting Documentation for Spouse:

  • All of the above, plus marriage certificate (copy acceptable)

Additional Information:

  • Income/Assets must be less than $80,000
    • Does not include unsold primary residence or vehicle
    • Once the above are sold, it is considered income/part of net worth
  • Veteran must have served at least one day during wartime
  • If you cannot locate discharge papers, order online at:
  • If Veteran is alive, he/she is the only person who can file-family can assist
  • If Veteran is deceased, spouse can apply and supply copy of Veteran’s death certificate
  • Form 21-526 for Veteran and Form 21-534 for Widow requires 2 witnesses
  • Additional benefits may be available if Veteran sustained war-tme injury
  • Benefits will be paid retroactive to the first day of the first full month in which the application was submitted
  • Example: Applications submitted in May, approved benefits begin June 1
  • Process typically takes 6 months or more for VA to approve benefits
  • Obtain all necessary form from your local VA office


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