VA Pension Benefits
Veterans who served at least 90 days on active duty in the military with at least one of those occurring in a time of war may qualify for VA pension benefits once they turn 65. In some cases, disabled veterans can also qualify for these benefits. Understanding the application, decision and appeals processes can help you if you need to seek out this service-related benefit.
Benefits of a VA Pension
A VA pension provides wartime veterans with a tax-free income that can help them when they need it the most. There are also benefits available to the surviving spouse and unmarried children of veterans who passed away. All of these monetary benefits are based on the financial situation of the applicant as well as the veteran’s service and discharge status.
Some veterans who don’t have an honorable discharge but who weren’t discharged dishonorably might qualify for VA pension benefits. Decisions on these cases are made based on the service record of the veteran. It is possible to appeal a denial if you feel the decision is incorrect. Kabb Law in Beachwood, OH, can help.
To receive VA pension benefits, the person must be considered low income. The service-related requirements fall into two categories.
- Veterans who were in the service prior to September 7, 1980, must have served at least 90 days on active duty with one of those occurring in a time of war.
- Vets who served after September 7, 1980, must have served for a period of at least 24 months or their full contract service time.
There are some exceptions to this, so determining if you are eligible is important. The professionals at Kabb Law in Beachwood, OH, will gladly work with our veterans and their dependents to get VA pension benefits applications and appeals handled in a timely manner. Contact us today to get the process started.