Eligibility for Enhance Pension Benefit
with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled,
or age 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they
have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war. The veteran’s
discharge must have been under conditions other than
dishonorable and the disability must be for reasons other
than the veteran’s own willful misconduct. Payments
are made to bring the veteran’s total income, including other retirement or Social Security income, to a level set by Congress.
The Veteran's Administration refers to this pension as a "disability pension"which for veteran's under the age of 65 eligibility is based on the health
needs of the veteran. However all veteran's regardless of health may apply for pension benefits when they reach
the age of 65. In addition to the veteran's base pension veterans (and their surviving spouse and dependent children
or sometimes call "Death Pension Benefit") may qualify for additional health related payments. This increase in the base pension is often referred to as Aid
& Attendance and is added to the base pension
if the veteran qualifies. A veteran's spouse may qualify for Aid and Attendance pension benefit even if veteran is still
alive and the veteran does not need medical assistance.
Some advisors discourage veterans to apply for a pension by stressing that the benefit is only for veteran's with little income. While there is a somewhat complicated calculation for
determining eligibility many veteran's, especially those veterans requiring assisted living, aid and attendance or in a nursing home often can qualify
as the cost of such assistance is offset against any income the veteran may be receiving. In many cases the
veteran's entire income from all sources (social security, company pension, individual retirement accounts etc.) may go to pay the veteran's expenses.
In that case the veteran's countable income would be zero and the veteran would be eligibible for the maxium pension
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VA Improved Pension - Veterans Rates
Status of Veteran's Family Situation
and Caretaking Needs
Maximum Annual Rate
Veteran with one
Veteran permanently housebound,
housebound, one dependent
needing regular aid and attendance, no dependents
needing regular aid and attendance, one dependent
veterans married to one another
Increase for each additional dependent child
Your countible income (income
less deductible medical and care expenses) can not exceed the amounts above.
income will be offset against the maximum amounts above to determine the amount to be paid by the VA.