Are you a veteran? Did you know that you might be eligible to receive a VA Pension benefit even if you were not wounded during your military service and even if you did not serve long enough to retire from the military? There is a special VA benefit called Non-Service Connected Pension that you might be eligible for. Although the Pension rules are complex and eligibility cannot be established without a detailed analysis of your financial records and other pertinent information, you might be eligible for a Non-Service Connected Pension benefit if you meet the following criteria ~
1. You must be a veteran who served at least 90 days of active duty or the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran (married at the time of veteran’s death).
2. At least one day of active duty had to be during wartime:
12-07-1941 through 12-31-1946, inclusive, extended
through 07-26-1947 if continuous service on or before 12-31-1946.
06-27-1950 through 01-31-1955, inclusive
Vietnam: (Note: Two Periods for Vietnam)
02-28-1961 through 05-07-1975, inclusive, for veterans who served in Vietnam during that period;
08-05-1964 through 05-07-1975, inclusive, for all others.
08-2-1990 through (date to be determined; war on terrorism considered a continuation of the Persian Gulf war).
3. You do not need to have been in combat.
4. You must have been discharged other than dishonorably
- Honorable Discharge
- Discharge Under Honorable Conditions
- General Discharge
5. Your net worth must be less than approximately $50,000 for an individual or $80,000 for a married couple (determined on a case-by-case basis).
6. Net income, after deducting certain unreimbursed medical expenses and educational expenses, must meet VA eligibility requirements.