Veterans Pension and Benefits: A Little Secret That Veterans Need to Know
June 2, 2008
The men and women who have served this country may be entitled to more than what they are getting. It is the unfortunate reality that until recently, very few people knew about the existence of the Veterans Pension Program and the programs for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits, which are in place to help the people who have served in the armed forces of the United States.
The Veterans Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income and who are 65 years of age or older or, if under age 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans who are seriously disabled, may be able to qualify for benefits under the Aid and Attendance or Housebound programs. The benefits provided by these additional programs are paid in addition to the basic pension that veterans are paid.
To be eligible for the Pension Benefit, veterans must have been discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable and must have served at least 90 days of active military service, 1 day of which was during a war time period. Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally have served at least 24 months or the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty.
In addition to meeting the service requirements, veterans must have countable family income that is below the yearly limit as set by Congress. Further, veterans must meet the age requirements or be permanently and totally disabled. Of course, the disability cannot be due to willful misconduct by the veteran.
For veterans who are not sure if they satisfy the eligibility requirements,…
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by: Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq.