Commonly called the VA’s best kept secret, the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit is a special monthly needs-based program available to wartime veterans or surviving spouses, 65 years of age and older. Aid and Attendance is not a stand-alone benefit. It is an additional allows that a veteran or surviving spouse may be entitled to receive due to his or her wartime service and non-service connected disability, if certain medical and financial requirements are met. Aid and Attendance allows seniors to stay at home longer, receive services at home, and even help pay for some of the costs of assisted living.