VA’s pension — provides monthly benefit payments to certain wartime Veterans with financial need, and their survivors.

What Are Pension Benefits?

  • Pension is a needs-based benefit paid to a wartime Veteran and his/her survivor(s). A Veteran may generally be eligible if he/she: was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  • served 90 days or more of active military, naval or air service with at least 1 day during a period of war*, AND
  • his/her countable income is below the maximum annual pension rate, AND
  • meets the net worth limitations, AND
  • is age 65 or older, OR is shown by evidence to have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability, OR is a patient in a nursing home, OR is receiving Social Security disability benefits.

* Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, must also have served 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.

Aid and Attendance (A&A)

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

  • You are eligible for basic pension benefits AND
  • 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 require that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment.

Documents needed to apply:

Original / Certified military discharge, marriage license, (if widow -“ death certificate), monthly gross income broken down by type and to whom paid, monthly re-occurring medical expenses broken down by type such as Medicare B, Medicare D, Supplemental health insurance, cost of nursing or assisted living care, net worth, etc.