Veterans Pension Benefit Aid & Attendance

Eligibility Requirements for Veteran Benefits



Who Is Eligible?

  • At least 90 days of active duty

  • Must have served at least ONE DAY during a declared state of war - Veteran DID NOT have to see combat

  • Preferred honorable discharge

  • Veteran must have any discharge other than dishonorable

  • Surviving spouse must have been married to veteran at the time of death

  • Surviving spouse cannot remarry to remain eligible unless she remarried a Veteran.


Periods of War

​War of Conflict

​Beginning & End Dates

​World War II

​12/7/1941 - 12/31/1946

​Korean Conflict

​06/27/1950 - 01/31/1955

​Vietnam Era

​02/28/1961 - 05/07/1975

8/15/1964 - 05/07/1975

​Gulf War

​08/02/1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclaimation

Maximum Pension Rates (2022)

​Surviving Spouse of a Veteran

​$16,456.00 Annually

​Single Veteran

​$24,610.00 Annually

​Married Veteran

​$29,175.00 Annually

​Two Veterans Married to Each Other

​$39,036.00 Annually

INCOME IS TAX-FREE


Documents Needed to File Claim

  • DD214 DISCHARGE PAPERS

  • MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

  • DEATH CERTIFICATE

  • SOCIAL SECURITY CURRENT STATEMENTS

  • PENSION STATEMENTS

  • DIVORCE DECREES IF MORE THAN ONE MARRIAGE