Who is eligible?

Generally you may be eligible if the following apply:

  • You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • You served at least 90 days of active military service, 1 day of which was during a period of war. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. (There are exceptions to this rule)
  • Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law. (The yearly limit of income is set by congress.)
  • You are age 65 or older, or you are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.

As you can see, there are a number of criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits. If you are unsure if you meet all criteria, we encourage you to contact our office if your countable income appears to be near or over the maximum. You can deduct your Medicare premiums, private health insurance premiums and the cost of an assisted living facility or In-Home Care provider from your income to reduce your income.

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1. What is the Veterans Affair pension for veterans?
2. What are the periods of war?
3. Who is eligible?
4. What is countable income for veterans pension eligibility purposes?
5. What about net worth?
6. How do I apply?
7. Are there any exclusions to income or deductions that may be made to reduce countable income?
8. How does Veterans Affairs calculate your pension?
9. What are Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits?
10. If I am already receiving monthly payments or a service-connected disability can I get a Veterans Affairs pension too?
11. What are the maximum annual pension rates?