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Improved Disability Pension for Low Income Veterans

Veterans who are low income earners and are totally and permanently disabled, or those who are above 65 years and have an active military record of at least 90 days (at least one of those days should be during periods of war) are eligible for a certain monetary support. Officers who began their active duty on October 16, 1981 and on wards or veterans who began their active duty on September 18, 1980 and on wards are supposed to attain a longer active duty minimum period. Also, the cause of the disability must not be due to the willful misconduct of the veteran, and neither should the veteran’s dishonorable conduct nor conditions be the reason for his discharge.

The maximum disability pension rates that are annually improved are established by Congress. The countable income amount of the dependent children, spouse, and veteran is what the payment reduction is based on. When VA furnishes the domiciliary care or nursing home of a single or childless veteran, the pension is reduced by an amount that is less than $90 monthly after being cared for three consecutive calendar months. However, if the nursing-home care still continues to offer the veteran more rehabilitation services, the payments reduction is delayed.

According to the 2010 VA pension rates for improved disability, veterans without dependents are entitled to $11, 830; veterans who have only one dependent receive $15, 493; veterans who are permanently housebound, but have only one dependent take home $14, 457; veterans who have no dependents, but require regular attendance and aid get $18, 120; veterans who have one dependent and require regular attendance and aid get $23, 396; when two veteran are married to each other, they receive $15, 493; when there’s an additional increase of a dependent child, the veteran receives $2, 020 for each child.

Payments are designed to bring the total income (including social security and retirement income) of a veteran to the level determined by Congress. For VA purposes, the countable income may be reduced as a result of the un-reimbursed medical expenses. Visit www.vba.va.gov/bln/21 for more on pension and compensation benefits.

Protected pension

The pension rate received on 1978 (Dec. 31) remains unchanged if the pension beneficiaries have no intentions of electing an improved pension. Also, as long as the beneficiary doesn’t lose a dependent or his network bar payment, this rate continues. The basic eligibility factors must be met by these beneficiaries, such as total or permanent disability for veterans. VA also adjusts rates due to other reasons, for example, if the veteran is hospitalized in any VA facility.

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