For purposes of qualifying for Aid & Attendance benefits with Veterans Affairs (V.A.), a “veteran” is defined as someone (or their spouse) who served 90 or more days (before 1980, 24 months after 1980), one of those days the country was at war and were later honorably discharged.  And “war” is defined as the conflict in Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, or Afghanistan.

Veterans may then qualify for little-known benefits that entitle them with an “Aid and Attendance” benefit to assist the veteran or their spouse with their in-home, assisted living or nursing home care needs, on or after reaching the age of 65.

This benefit is available to an honorably discharged veteran, or their spouse, who served at least one day during a period of wartime.