Check for the presence of an aid and attendance or housebound allowance by reviewing
the VAA field on the SSR (SM 01601.475), or by asking the individual.
Use Form SSA-L1103-U3 to contact the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) or Pension
Management Centers (PMC). For when to send the request to the VARO or PMC, see SI 00830.320. Send the SSA-L1103-U3 to the VARO or PMC for verification of a pension or compensation
payment amount whenever an aid and attendance or housebound allowance is indicated
on the SSR, or when the veteran, spouse of a disabled veteran, surviving spouse, or
alleges an aid and attendance or housebound allowance; or
is unable to dress or care for him or herself; or
is a patient in a nursing home; or
is single and severely and permanently disabled or otherwise appears to require the
assistance of someone else on a day-to-day basis.
Do not use a VA check or award letter to verify the amount of income if an aid and
attendance or housebound allowance is involved. When the VARO or PMC provides the
amount of the pension or compensation payment via the SSA-L1103-U3, they will not
include a housebound or aid and attendance allowance. Do not ask the VARO or PMC about
the amount of the aid and attendance or housebound allowance because this information
is not needed.