Veterans' Benefits

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Veterans' Pension Claims

Pension is a needs-based benefit paid to wartime Veterans, who meet certain age or non-service connected disability requirements. 

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible if: 

  • You were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND 
  • You served 90 days or more of active duty with at least one (1) day during a period of war time*, AND
  • Your countable income is below the maximum annual pension rate (MAPR), AND
  • You need the net worth limitations, AND 

 You are age 65 or older, OR, you have a permanent and total non-service connected disability, OR, you are a patient in a nursing home, OR, you are receiving Social Security disability benefits.

*Veterans who entered active duty after Sept. 7, 1980, must also serve at least 24 months of active duty service.

If the total length of service is less than 24 months, the Veteran must have completed their entire tour of active duty.

For current maximum annual pension rate (MAPR), visit VA's Veterans Pension Rate Table.

How much does the VA pay?

VA calculates annual pension by:

First determining for your particular circumstances.

  • That Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) is $12,686.

Next, VA determines your countable income.

  • VA determines countable income by subtracting from your total income received in a particular 12-month period, the amount of those exclusions provided by law.
  • VA subtracts your countable income from the MAPR; the difference is your annual pension entitlement.
  • VA divides this amount by 12 and rounds down to the nearest dollar, this is the approximate amount of your monthly pension payment.

VA deducts certain expenses paid by your, for example, un-reimbursed medical expenses, from your annual household income, which will decrease your countable income and increase your monthly pension payment.
A complete list of these exclusions is provided in section 3.272 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations.
These regulations are available at the Government Printing Offices website.


Veterans Disability Compensation Claims

Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a Veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or made worse by active military service.

It is also paid to certain Veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.

Who is eligible?
You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
How much does the VA pay?
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are.
Note: You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:

  • You have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s).
  • You have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s).
  • You have a seriously disabled spouse.

How do I apply?

For more information, email or call your Veteran Service Officer(VSO) at: or 941-861-VETS (8387).
Do not send your Social Security Number (SSN) or Service Number in any email correspondence.