For VA aid and attendance, can a Veteran use his rent payment as well as his medical expenses?

No.  Non-service connected pension is a needs based benefit for qualifying war time veterans and their families to offset medical expenses.  Consequently, Non-medical expenses are not used in determining the claimant’s pension award.  However, a VA adjudicator may consider non-medical expenses in helping to qualify a claimant who otherwise might not qualify due to excessive assets, income, and life expectancy.  However, this is for qualification purposes only; not for pension amount purposes.  Consequently, if the medical expenses do not offset the total household gross income, there is no pension; regardless of any other claimant’s non-medical expenses.

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