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Description of Service
The VA offers two broad categories of Pension benefit programs:
• Veterans Pension: Tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.
• Survivors Pension: Tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.
Veterans and survivors who are eligible for Pension benefits and are housebound or require the aid and attendance of another person may be eligible to receive additional monetary amounts.
To learn more about what Veterans and their families should know when applying for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pension Benefits visit: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage
Additionally, individuals cannot receive both a VA disability and VA pension. The VA will award whichever is greater.
Individuals should call the office to schedule an appointment for services.
Veteran, Veteran Families
Pension benefits are needs-based and your "countable" family income must fall below the yearly limit set by law. Veterans must have at least 90 days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period. If the active duty occurred after September 7, 1980, you must have served at least 24 months or the full period that you were called up (with some exceptions). Individual must also be:
• Age 65 or older with limited or no income
• 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
The Veteran must have met the service requirements above for surviving spouses and children applying for the Survivors Pension.