Non-Service Connected Disability Pension Benefits

 

What is VA Disability Pension?  

Disability Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans with limited income who are no longer able to work.

Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible if:

  •   you were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions,  AND

  •   you served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time. However, 38 CFR 3.12a requires that anyone who enlists after 9/7/80 generally has to serve at least 24 months or the full period for which a person was called or ordered to active duty in order to receive any benefits based on that period of service.  With the advent of the Gulf War on 8/2/90 (and still not ended by Congress to this day), veterans can now serve after 9/7/80 during a period of war time.  When they do, they generally now must serve 24 months to be eligible for pension or any other benefit.  But note the exclusions in 38 CFR 3.12(d),  AND

  •   you have disabilities that keep you from working a regular, full-time job,  AND

  •   your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law

How Much Does VA Pay?

VA pays you the difference between your countable family income and the yearly income limit which describes your situation.  This difference is generally paid in 12 equal monthly payments rounded down to the nearest dollar.   

How Can I Apply?

Contact your local County Veterans Service Office.  If available, obtain copies of dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates) and current medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports).

Related Benefits

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Medical Care

To apply for or obtain more information about benefits, contact your local CVSO.