Basic pension is a monthly payment to a veteran for a non-service connected disability or payment to a spouse after the death of a veteran (Death Pension). A veteran must have had 90 days or more active military service, one day of which was served during a period of war and was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. A veteran must also be permanently and totally disabled. Unreimbursed medical expenses may be used to reduce an applicant's income to meet the guidelines.
Pension at the Housebound Rate
If you are able to demonstrate that you are confined to your house or apartment and are unable to travel outside of your domicile without the assistance of another person, you may qualify for an increase in the basic pension.
Pension With Aid and Attendance
The Aid and Attendance rate is the maximum benefit available. You must be able to demonstrate that you are in need of 24 hour care, are confined to a wheelchair, or are considered legally blind. If the veteran or surviving spouse is in a nursing home, Medical Assistance (MA) requires that an Aid and Attendance application must be filed prior to MA being approved.
To set up an appointment with a Veterans' Service Officer to file a claim or for more information please contact our office at 507-237-4090.