What you need to apply

 Documents Required

 Aid and Attendance/Housebound Benefits

Veterans and survivors 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.

  • Must be a wartime veteran or eligible spouse
  • Be a resident in a Care Facility or under contract with a Home Care first prior applying for benefits.
  • The claimant must require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting himself/herself from the hazards of his/her daily environment.

                                    Aid and Attendance Checklist

Disability Compenstation

Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, as well as a mental health conditions.


  •  Service in the Uniformed Services on active duty, OR
  • Active duty for training, OR
  • Inactive duty training, AND
  • You were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  • You are at least 10% disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training

                                  Service Connected Checklist

 Supplemental Income for Wartime Veterans

VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.


  • Generally, a Veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period to qualify for a VA Pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions), with at least one day during a wartime period.

    In addition to meeting minimum service requirements, the Veteran must be:

  • Age 65 or older, OR

  • Totally and permanently disabled, OR

  •  A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR

  • Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR

  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income

  • Your yearly family income must be less than the amount set by Congress to qualify for the Veterans Pension benefit.

                                Non-Service Connected Checklist

 Emergency Assistance

Provides financial aid in an emergency and on a temporary basis (not to exceed three months in a 12-month period) to veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, shelter, fuel and clothing).

  • An honorably discharged veteran.
  • Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. **The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal
  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Unexpected loss of income within 180 days of application through no fault of the individual.
  •  May not be on Public Assistance.
  • Must have a financial need.
  •  Upon the recent death of a veteran, their spouse or orphaned children are eligible provided the veteran would have qualified prior to his/her death.

                               Emergency Assistance Checklist

Real Estate Tax Exemption

To provide real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged veteran who is 100% disabled, a resident of the Commonwealth and has a financial need.

  • Served in the military honorably

  • Must have a total or 100% permanent service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or as the result of military service the veteran is blind or paraplegic or has sustained the loss of two or more limbs

                             Real Estate Tax Exemption Checklist

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose were 100% rated through the VA and their death resulted from the service-related injury or disease.

  •   The Servicemember died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, OR
  •   The Veteran died from an injury or disease and was deemed 100 % related to military service, OR
  •   The Veteran died from a non service-related injury or disease, but was receiving, OR was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling 

                 For at least 10 years immediately before death, OR

                 Since the Veteran’s release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death.

                                  DIC Checklist