Serving your country in the armed forces is a noble deed. You offered your life to protect the United States, and for doing so, you are eligible for a variety of benefits.
One of those is a veterans pension. You may be eligible for a pension in certain situations. Not everyone who serves in the military is eligible.
To be eligible to receive a pension, you must meet income levels. These pensions are based on need. You will have to have an income that falls below the maximum allowable. You also must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with one day during wartime. If your service was after September 7, 1980, your service requirements are 24 months or serving the full period when called up.
You also must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Be 65 or older
- Have a disability
- Be in a nursing home
- Receive Social Security Disability
- Receive Social Security Supplemental Income
You should make sure you are eligible before applying. You must meet all the requirements or you will not be able to receive the benefits. Remember that income is the most crucial factor because if you have too much income, you cannot get a pension.
Pension program benefits
Pensions under the veteran’s system are for low-income individuals only. You can receive a pension or your family can if you have passed. All pension payments are tax-free.
You will need to go through the Department of Veteran Affairs to apply and get the pension payments.