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Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability for Veterans
BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
U.S.C. 1511, 1512, 1521.
assist wartime veterans in need whose non-service- connected disabilities
are permanent and total preventing them from following a substantially
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Eligibility: Those veterans who have had 90
days or more of honorable active war-time service in the Armed Forces
or if less than 90 days wartime service were released or discharged
from such service because of a service-connected disability, who
are permanently and totally disabled for reasons not necessarily
due to service. Income restrictions are prescribed. Pension is not
payable to those whose estates are so large that it is reasonable
they use the estate for maintenance.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Disabled veterans.
Military discharge certificate showing the separation from service
was under other than dishonorable conditions. The veteran must
have a permanent and total disability preventing a substantially
gainful occupation. His or her income and net worth must be limited
as prescribed by statute.
Coordination: None. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: An application (VA Form 21-526)
may be obtained from a local or regional VA Office (see Appendix
IV of the Catalog) and submitted to the Regional Office.
Procedure: Awards are authorized at the regional
None. Entitlement is established from the date of receipt of the
application, or the date the veteran became permanently and totally
disabled, if disability prevents the veteran from applying for
30 days or more and if the application is received within 1 year
of the date of disablement.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Approximately
82 percent in 180 days or less.
Available through special board. In the event of a denial, claimants
are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Not applicable.
The veteran must promptly report any change in his or her income,
net worth or dependency status. Additionally, income verification
requests are sent to the veteran periodically.
(Direct Payments) FY 01 $42,320,195,000; FY 02 est $2,359,072,000;
and FY 03 est $2,390,314,000.
and Average of Financial Assistance:
Payments are $11,830 181 annually, reduced by countable income for a veteran without dependents ($19,736 18,654 if in need of aid and attendance and $14, 457 13,664 if housebound) and $15, 493 14,643 for a veteran with one dependent ($23, 396 22,113 if in need of aid and attendance and $18, 120 17,126 if housebound) plus $2,020 1,909 for each additional dependent. Also, an additional $2,686 2,538 is added if a veteran is of the WWI or Mexican Border Period. These payments apply for the Improved Law Program.
During fiscal year 2001, 353,856 veterans received pensions. Estimates
for subsequent years are: fiscal year 2002, 345,614 and fiscal year
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 3.3. "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet
80-00-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O.
Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-79054. The stock number is 051-000-00220-2.
or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog
for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-461-9700
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