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General Qualifications for Non-Service-Connected Pension Plus Aid and Attendance

Veteran, Surviving Spouse, or Dependent Child

2024 Maximum Pension Rates for Pension Plus Aid and Attendance

Single Veteran

Married Veteran

Surviving Spouse

Veteran Married

Once awarded Aid and Attendance or Housebound status, a veteran may obtain free medications, medical equipment, incontinence supplies, glasses, and hearing aids from the VA. A separate application must be made through the VA health care system on form 10-10EZ.

* Note: Each VA claim is unique and the above criteria is generic in nature and may not be applicable to each claimant. There are never
any guarantees that any daim or specific benefit amount will be awarded and regulations are subject to change at any time.
** LLC’s pension with or without a Household allowance may be awarded instead of pension plus A&A.
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PACT ACT: What you need to know

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, or PACT Act, expands VA health care and benefits for certain veterans who served during the Gulf War era, Post 9/11 and during Vietnam.


There are distinct differences in PACT Act benefits based on a veteran’s individual period of service and location of service. For example, the new presumptive disabilities related to exposure to the toxins of burn pits apply only to Gulf War era and Post 9/11 veterans based on their location of service. The new burn pit presumptive conditions do not apply to Vietnam veterans.

For Vietnam veterans, the PACT ACT has expanded locations recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange. The PACT ACT also added, two (2) new presumptive conditions based on being exposed to Agent Orange.

Any original claim submitted after August 14, 2023, VA will establish andeffective date of the date the claim was received.  For claims or submitted prior to August 14, 2023, to include an intent to file a claim, as long as the formal claim is received by VA within 1 year from the date of the intent to file, the effective date will revert to the date of the change in law August of 2022.

However please keep in mind, veterans can continue to submit PACT Act related claims.

In addition, if a veteran had a pending PACT Act related claim prior to, or after, the deadline to submit claims for a backdated effective date, the claim does not need to be resubmitted.

Veterans who served during the Gulf War era and Post 9/11

A presumption of exposure is assumed if you served on or after September 11, 2001, in any of these locations:

On or after August 2, 1990, in any of these locations:

VA has added more than 20 burn pit and other toxic exposure presumptive conditions for Gulf War era and post 9/11 Veterans.

These cancers are now presumptive conditions:

These illnesses are now presumptive conditions:

Veterans who served during Vietnam

5 new locations have been added to the list of presumptive locations:

VA has added 2 agent orange exposure presumptive conditions for Vietnam Veterans.

These illnesses are now presumptive conditions:

Radiation presumptive locations

There are 3 new response efforts added to the list of presumptive locations: