Non-Service Connected Compensation (Veteran or Surviving Spouse) 

Pension benefits serve as our Nation’s safety-net for war-time era veterans.  To qualify, a veteran must have served during a period of war, and meet income and asset eligibility tests.  If the veteran is under 65, he or she must have health conditions which prevent employment.  This disability requirement is waived for veterans over 65; they only must meet the economic tests (income after out-of-pocket medical expenses):

Basic Pension:

  • Single Veteran – $11,830 ($985/mo)
  • Married Veteran – $15,493 ($1,290/mo)
  • Surviving Spouse -- $7,933 ($661/mo)

Pension with Housebound Benefits (substantially confined to home):

  • Single Veteran – $14,457 ($1,205/mo)
  • Married Veteran – $18,120 ($1,510/mo)
  • Surviving Spouse -- $9,696 ($808/mo)


Pension with Aid & Attendance (Blind, Patient in a Nursing Home, or one who requires regular assistance meeting their daily needs):

  • Single Veteran – $19,736 ($1,645/mo)
  • Married Veteran – $23,396 ($1,950/mo)
  • Surviving Spouse – $12,681 ($1,056/mo)              (2009 Rates) 

Once a veteran is determined eligible for Pension benefits, the VA provides free medical care and non-VA medical expenses (including those of the spouse) may be partially reimbursed.  For surviving spouses receiving Pension, VA care is NOT available, but partial reimbursement for medical expenses is available.  Pension recipients typically must file Eligibility Verification Report (EVR) each year, with which we can assist.

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