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  • The VA helps veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension program. This is done through tax-free monetary benefits payable to low-income wartime veterans. 

  • Pension benefits are needs-based. To qualify, your "countable" family income must fall below the yearly limit set by law. For both the Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension, the veteran must have at?least 90 days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period. If the active duty occurred after Sept. 7, 1980, the veteran must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called up (with some exceptions). In addition, the veteran must have been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions. 
     
    To qualify for a?Veterans Pension, a veteran must also be at least?one?of the following: 

    Age 65 or older 

    Totally and permanently disabled 

    A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care 

    Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance 

    Receiving Supplemental Security Income 

    An un-remarried spouse of a deceased wartime veteran is eligible for a?Survivors Pension?at any age. Eligibility for a?Survivors Pension is based on income and the deceased veteran must have met the same service requirements as described for the Veterans Pension. 
     
    A?child of a deceased wartime veteran may be eligible for?a Survivors Pension if the child is: 

    Under 18 

    Under age 23 if attending a VA-approved school 

    Permanently incapable of self-support due to a disability before age 18 

  • If you are a veteran or a surviving spouse who is eligible for a VA pension, you may be eligible for additional funds if you are housebound or you require the aid of another person to perform everyday tasks, such as bathing, feeding and dressing, among others. These additional funds can help offset the cost of the additional care you may need. 
     
    Even if your income is greater than the congressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension, you may still be eligible if you have high medical expenses for which you are not being reimbursed. This includes nursing home expenses.? 
     
    The?Aid & Attendance special monthly compensation amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet?one?of the following conditions: 

    You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment 

    You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment 

    You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity 

    Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less 

    The?Housebound?increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability. 
     
    Note: You cannot receive Aid & Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time. 

  • To apply for a Veterans Pension,?complete the?VA Form 21P-527EZ?and submit it to: 
    Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building 
    477 Michigan Avenue, Room 1280 
    Detroit, MI 48226 
     
    To apply for a Survivors Pension, complete the?VA Form 21P-534EZ?and submit it to: 
    477 Michigan Avenue, Room 1280 
    Detroit, MI 48226 
     
    For assistance with completing the application, contact your?county Veteran Service Officer?or call the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).