VA Pension 

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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.

Persian Gulf:
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.

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