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Asking for My Dad =can you get va pension if you have 20% disability already from the VA? DAV giving Him the run around according to Him on this ? Thanks. He is only getting low ss a month 20% rating payment and no add $ from anywhere  else.

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https://www.va.gov/pension/eligibility/

 

Am I eligible for Veterans Pension benefits from VA?

If you meet the VA pension eligibility requirements listed below, you may be eligible for the Veterans Pension program.

Both of these must be true:

  • You didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and
  • Your yearly family income and net worth meet certain limits set by Congress. Your net worth includes all personal property you own (except your house, your car, and most home furnishings), minus any debt you owe. Your net worth includes the net worth of your spouse. 
    Find out about Veterans Pension rates

And at least one of these must be true about your service. You:

  • Started on active duty before September 8, 1980, and you served at least 90 days on active duty with at least 1 day during wartime, or
  • Started on active duty as an enlisted person after September 7, 1980, and served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions) with at least 1 day during wartime, or
  • Were an officer and started on active duty after October 16, 1981, and you hadn’t previously served on active duty for at least 24 months

And at least one of these must be true. You:

  • Are at least 65 years old, or
  • Have a permanent and total disability, or
  • Are a patient in a nursing home for long-term care because of a disability, or
  • Are getting Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income
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Yes.  He can get pension "if he served in wartime", and "if he has low income".  Now, social security also counts as "income", and Idk if he gets that or not.  There are income critiera, because pension is "needs based", so I have no idea if his income is over the max. 

If he meets the critieria to include those above, PLUS wartime service, PLUS he has low income, he gets "only" the greater of pension or compensation, not both.  

Pension  "war time service":

 

  • Mexican Border period (May 9, 1916, to April 5, 1917, for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or in adjacent waters)
  • World War I (April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946)
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War era (February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside the Republic of Vietnam.)
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990, through a future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation)
   The following is the maximum income for pension:
 
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