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      WHAT VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD KNOW WHEN APPLYING FOR DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) PENSION BENEFITS      
 
What Is VA Pension?
    
Pension is a ne  eds-based be    nefit paid to wartime veterans who meet certain age or non-service connected disability requirements.   
 
Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible if:
  • you were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  • you served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time*, AND
  • Your countable income is below the maximum annual pension rate, AND 
  • You meet the net worth limitations, AND 
  • You are age 65 or older, OR are shown by evidence to have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability, OR are a patient in a nursing home, OR are receiving Social Security disability benefits.

*Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, must also serve at least 24 months of active duty service. If the total length of service is less than 24 months, the Veteran must have completed his/her entire tour of active duty.  

How Much Does VA Pay?? VA calculates annual pension by first determining for your particular circumstances the Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR), an amount set by Congress. For example, if you are a Veteran with no dependents, the MAPR is $12,652.00. Next, VA determines your countable income. VA determines countable income by subtracting from your total income received in a particular 12-month period, the amount of those exclusions provided by law. VA subtracts your countable income from the MAPR; the difference is your annual pension entitlement. VA divides this amount by 12 and rounds down to the nearest dollar, this is the approximate amount of your monthly pension payment.

VA deducts certain expenses paid by you, e.g., unreimbursed medical expenses, from your annual household income, which will decrease your countable income and increase your monthly pension payment. A complete list of these exclusions is provided in section 3.272 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations are available at the Government Printing Offices website, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title38-vol1/pdf/CFR-2011-title38-vol1-sec3-460.pdf

Veterans Pension Rate Table 
Veteran - Alone & With Dependents


Date of Cost-of-Living Increase: 12-01-2016
Increase Factor:  .3%
Standard Medicare Deduction: Actual amount will be determined by SSA based on individual income.


Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) Category

Amount

If you are a veteran... Your yearly income must be less than...
Without Spouse or Child $12,907
  To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR,  or,  $ 645
With One Dependent $16,902
  To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR,  or,  $ 845
Housebound Without Dependents $15,773
Housebound With One Dependent $19,770
A&A Without Dependents $21,531
A&A With One Dependent $25,525
Two Vets Married to Each Other $16,902
Two Vets Married to Each Other One H/B $19,770
Two Vets Married to Each Other Both H/B $22,634
Two Vets Married to Each Other One A/A $25,525
Two Vets Married to Each Other One A/A One H/B $28,385
Two Vets Married to Each Other Both A/A $34,153
Add for Early War Veteran (Mexican Border Period or WW1) to any category above $2,932
Add for Each Additional Child to any category above $2,205

WHAT IS ENHANCED OR SPECIAL MONTHLY PENSION?

Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid to a Veteran or surviving spouse. You may be eligible if:

  • You require the aid of another person in order to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment, OR,
  • You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment, OR,
  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, OR,
  • You have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid to a claimant who is substantially confined to his or her home because of permanent disability. Additionally, if you are a Veteran, you may quality for the increased housebound amount if:

  • You have a single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND, due to such disability, you are permanently and substantially confined to your immediate premises, OR,
  • You have single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND, another disability, or disabilities, evaluated as 60-percent or more disabling.
  • You may not receive enhanced or special monthly pension without first establishing eligibility for VA pension. However, because enhanced pension is based upon a higher income limit, a claimant ineligible for basic pension at the A&A and Housebound rate at the same time.   

You should provide copies of any evidence that would help establish that you need A&A or are Housebound. Such evidence would include a report from your physician validating the need for aid and attendance or demonstrating that you are housebound.

If possible, the evidence should be in sufficient detail to enable VA to determine generally whether there is a disease or injury producing physical or mental impairment that renders you unable to perform the activities of daily living without assistance, or confined to your home or immediate premises.

How to Apply

  1. Contact our office and work with an accredited representative or agent
  2. Online using an eBenefits account
  3. Complete and mail your claim form to your nearest VA regional office
  4. Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. To find the VA regional office nearest you, use the Veterans Affairs National Facilities Locator or call VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000.

Related Benefits
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Medical Care

 


For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000
or Visit Our Web Site at
http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/index.asp

Pension and Fiduciary Service – December 2016


Medina County Veterans' Service Office
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