Frequently Asked Questions

What is the VA Aid & Attendance Benefit?”

Veterans and surviving spouses who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

The Aid & Attendance Benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a “Pension Benefit” and is NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. A single Veteran is eligible for up to $1,881 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,209 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse is eligible for up to $2,230 per month. Two married Veterans are eligible for as much as $2,981.


What Veterans are eligible for the benefit?”

Any war-time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a Congressionally-declared war. Please note; it is not required that the Veteran served in a direct combat role, or even on foreign soil.


What years was the U.S. in Congressionally declared war?”
Declared War Dates
World War II 12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946
Korean Conflict
06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955
Vietnam Era
02/28/1961 – 05/07/1975 for veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during this period
08/05/1964 – 05/07/1975 otherwise
Gulf War 08/02/1990 – future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation

What additional qualifications are necessary to receive the benefit?”

Vet is 65 years of age.

Requires the Aid & Attendance of another person to assist with the activities of daily living such as: Eating (meal preparation), bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of needs of nature, transferring to bed/walker/wheelchair, managing medications or finances. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in a assisting living facility also qualifies.

Is spending more money per month for unreimbursed (out-of-pocket) recurring healthcare and medical expenses then your monthly income.

*Recent changes to the regulations took effect in October 2018. Combined countable income and assets may not exceed $123,600.00.

Assets include the sum of all: Bank & credit union accounts, stocks, bonds, CDs, money markets, mutual funds, 401k & IRA retirement programs, income from rental property, vacation property, business interests, part time income etc. Your primary residence, one automobile and personal possessions are not counted as part of countable assets.

What documents are required to receive the benefit?”

Discharge papers: Military record of “Honorable Discharge”

Death Certificate of Veteran if applying as surviving spouse.

Valid marriage license or certificates (information on other marriage if married more than once): Dates, places, maiden names and reasons & dates marriage ended (divorce or death).

Social security numbers (veteran & spouse).

Birth date(s) and place of birth (veteran & spouse – do not need birth certificates).

Physicians Information: Doctors’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates you first started to see them and for what condition (both veteran and spouse)?

Gross monthly income from all sources of revenue (veteran & spouse): Social security, pension, interest earned, dividends distributed, disability income, etc.

Financial Statements (estimated values of each where applicable): Bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, most recent brokerage account, annuities, IRA’s, other real estate outside of primary residence, and life insurance cash value.

Voided check from account you wish to have VA direct deposit your benefit.

All non-reimbursed, monthly recurring medical expenses: Healthcare & supplemental healthcare premiums paid out of pocket, facility and or home health costs. Long Term Care (LTC) insurance premiums.

What is C.A.V.A?”
C.A.V.A stands for Cleveland American Veterans Association. It is a registered non-profit 501c(3) veteran oriented charity formed in April, 2009.

C.A.V.A’s long-term mission is to establish nationwide housing for veterans and their spouses who are unable to afford traditional care or independent care facilities.

The immediate service the charity provides for wartime veterans is attainment of Aid & Attendance Improved Pension Benefit offered through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

How can I help?” Like all charities we seek generous donations from benefactors such as you. Unlike most charities, at this time, we are not funded by large governmental sources. In the short term, C.A.V.A relies totally on direct voluntary contributions. This is why we’re asking for your support for a much-needed cause.

We routinely need household items to be picked-up, and held in our storage unit. Often times, we get short fuse notices that a Veteran needs a new living space furnished. This means that we need to have a flexible volunteer crew available to pick up donated items, deliver to storage and or to a new home.

If you would like to get on our list of volunteers for this purpose, please send us an e-mail.

Please help us help them. Any contribution you donate will be greatly appreciated, is tax-deductible, and will help C.A.V.A continue to operate.

Currently, we have three ways you can donate:

  1. Mail a check or money order to:
    Cleveland American Veterans Association
    1440 Rockside Road, Suite 118A
    Parma, Ohio 44134
  2. Visit our Facebook page to make an online donation.
    Look for the “Donate” button. Facebook deposits the money into our account with no fees; meaning that every penny you donate comes to C.A.V.A.
  3. Combined Federal Campaign
    CFC Code: 43101