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VA Pension

A VA pension may provide income to make life more secure for Veterans and their loved ones.

Pension is a needs-based benefit for wartime Veterans with limited or no income who are age 65 or older or who have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability.

Veterans who establish eligibility for a basic pension but are housebound or who require the aid and attendance of another person in order to perform activities of daily living, may qualify for pension at an increased rate (this is called “Special Monthly Pension”).

VA Requirements

  • Proof of income and net worth information (e.g., bank statements, paystubs)
  • Private medical treatment records and where to find any relevant treatment records that might be held by a federal facility, such as a VA medical center
  • Completed pension program applications:

VA Application Process

Pension claim decision times vary depending on the complexity of the case and evidence. The fastest way to obtain a pension benefit decision is to file a Fully Developed Claim (FDC). Here are some typical steps in the process:

  • Select the type of pension claim and gather the evidence it requires.
  • Collect military medical and other records.
  • Gather any private medical records.
  • Certify that there is no more evidence.
  • Submit your application.
photo: James (left)

Just knowing somebody’s there in the morning to help to start their day … is a real relief to our family.

James (left)
Son of an Army Veteran

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