VA Pension Benefit is a supplemental income benefit for veterans, spouses and/or their surviving spouses. The VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.
The Pension has three levels:
- Pension: over age 65
- Pension with Housebound benefit: disabled and confined to the home
- Pension with Aid & Attendance benefit: disabled and require the aid of another person to assist with activities of daily living or cognitive impairment.
The monthly benefits range from $721 to $2846, as of 2017 increase. Click here for current rates
65 or older
At least 90 days of service
At least 1 day during active war time
Discharge other than dishonorable
To apply as a veteran you need VA form 21-526 or 21-526EZ.
To apply as a survivor you need VA form 21-534 or 21-534EZ
The application process can be intimidating and complex. It is recommended that you work with a VSO (Veteran Service Organization) or a financial professional to complete the application. This should be a free service as it is illegal to charge a fee to assist in the completion of any VA benefit form or paperwork.
The pension benefit can be used to pay for a caregiver that can help a veteran and /or spouse with getting dressed, preparing meals, food shopping, driving to a Dr’s appointment, light house cleaning, laundry, bathing, companionship, etc.