Program DescriptionVeterans Pension is a needs-based benefit paid to eligible wartime Veterans who meet certain age or non-service connected disability requirements.
General Program RequirementsVeterans may be eligible if he or she:
- was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
- served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time, AND
- is age 65 or older, OR
- is permanently and totally disabled, OR
- is a patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
- is receiving Social Security disability benefits, AND
- has countable family income that is below the amount set by Congress (unreimbursed medical expenses may reduce countable income), AND net worth is not excessive.
|World War I||World War II||Korea||Vietnam||Gulf War|
|04/06/1917 to 07/01/1921||12/07/1941 to 12/31/1946||06/27/1950 to 01/31/1955||02/28/1961 to 05/07/1975
*Between 02/28/1961 to 08/04/1964 had to have served in country Vietnam
|08/02/1990 through a date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law|
Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty.
Income and net worth limits apply. Higher income limits may apply if the Veteran is severely disabled. In addition, unreimbursed medical expenses may help to reduce the Veteran?s countable income.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo complete an application, use VA Form 21-526, "Veteran's Application for Compensation and/or Pension." You can also complete the application online.
For more specific information, download the Fact Sheets.
Program Contact Information
If you have questions:
- Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Call 1-800-827-1000
- Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired