Types Of VA Disability Claims : Pension

Compensation For Veterans

Veterans with wartime service may be eligible for the income-based Pension benefit.  The Pension benefit is a tax-free monetary benefit provided to low-income veterans to supplement their income.  Veterans seeking the Pension benefit must have a yearly family income lower than the rate set by Congress.  In order to satisfy “wartime service,” generally a veteran must have had 90 days of active duty service with at least one day during a wartime period.  Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980 generally must serve at least 24 months or the full period for which they were ordered to active duty, with at least one day of service during a wartime period (there are exceptions to this).

Wartime Dates

The following periods of time are considered to be “wartime” for purposes of determining whether a veteran is entitled to a pension benefit:

  • World War I: April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918
  • World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
  • Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam era: February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975
  • Gulf war: August 2, 1990 – future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation

Additional Requirements

In addition to serving in active duty during a wartime period and having the financial need, veterans seeking a Pension benefit must be:

Age 65 or older, OR
Totally and permanently disabled, OR
A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR
Receiving Supplemental Security Income.

If you are a military veteran seeking access to a pension, you’ve been denied on your claim, or you’re looking to file another type of claim with Veterans Affairs, Bluestein Attorneys is here to help. Our SC Vet Advocates team would be happy to speak with you regarding your situation and help you decide what steps you may need to take next. Reach us by phone at (803) 779-7599 or contact us online to request your FREE consultation.

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