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Veterans Pension is a needs-based benefit paid to eligible wartime Veterans who meet certain age or disability requirements.
Veterans may be eligible if they:
- were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
- served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time; *or, if entered service after September 7, 1980, at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty (a minimum of 90 days is required) with at least 1 day during a period of wartime, AND
- have countable family income that is below the amount set by Congress (unreimbursed medical expenses may reduce countable income), AND net worth is not excessive, AND
- are age 65 or older, OR have a permanent and total non-service connected disability(ies); are a patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR; are receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Wartime Service Requirements
|Mexican Border Period||World War I||World War II||Korea||Vietnam||Gulf War|
|05/09/1916 to 04/05/1917
Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or adjacent waters
|04/06/1917 to 11/11/1918
If the veteran served with the United States military forces in Russia, the end date is April 1, 1920
|12/07/1941 to 12/31/1946||06/27/1950 to 01/31/1955||02/28/1961 to 05/07/1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise 08/05/1964 to 05/07/1975||08/02/1990 through a date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law|
Income and net worth limits apply. Higher income limits may apply if the Veteran is severely disabled. In addition, unreimbursed medical expenses paid by the Veteran may help to reduce the Veteran’s countable income.
For more specific information, refer to the Veterans Pension factsheet.
To complete an application, you may visit https://www.va.gov/pension/application/527EZ/introduction and apply online. You may also use VA Form 21P-527EZ (PDF), “Application for Pension”, and mail or fax it to the Pension Management Center (PMC) that serves your state. . Check the PMC Locator to find the PMC having jurisdiction over the claim.
If you have questions:
- Call 877-294-6380 or 800-827-1000
- Call 711, if you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), or
- Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
To apply for additional benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans, Servicemembers and their family members can conduct self-service transactions such as checking compensation and pension claim status information, enrolling in GI Bill, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, military records (DD214), and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit the eBenefits website.
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