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2020 General Qualifications for Non-Service Connected
Veteran's Pension & Survivors Pension

  • Veteran must have served at least ninety days active duty with one day of the ninety during a qualified war period (ninety days must generally be consecutive, with some exceptions)
  • Veteran must have had an “other than dishonorable discharge”
  • Age 65 or older
  • Claimant’s physician must declare him/her as housebound and in need of assistance from another individual, which may include services offered by assisted living
  • Claimant’s household out-of-pocket yearly medical expenses must exceed or come close to his/her total yearly household gross income (total yearly cost of assisted living is typically considered a medical expense)
  • Widowed spouse must have been living with the veteran at the time of the veteran’s death, unless the separation was due to medical or military reasons (there may be some exceptions related to separations due to abuse)
  • 3-year look back at finances required.

2020 Maximum Pension Rates

Single Veteran $1,911 Per Month or $22,939 Per Year

Surviving Spouse $1,278 Per Month or $15,339 Per Year

Married Veteran $2,266 Per Month or $27,195 Per Year

Two Veterans Married $3,032 Per Month or $36,387 Per Year

Once awarded, a veteran may obtain free medications, medical equipment, incontinence supplies, glasses, and hearing aids from the VA hospital/clinic via U.S. mail without going to the VA clinic or hospital. A separate application must be made through the health care system.

**Note: Each VA claim is unique and the above criteria is generic in nature and may not be applicable to each claimant.


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