VETERANS PENSION USDVA helps veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime veterans.
Qualifying wartime service
Generally, a veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day of service during a wartime period, to qualify for a USDVA pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have 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 one day of service during a wartime period.
VA form 21P-8416-Use this form in support of your claim for VA Pension of Special monthly pension. VA may be able to pay you a higher benefit rate if you identify expenses VA can deduct from your income. Your benefit rate is based on your income. Your out-of-pocket payments for medical and dental expenses may be deductible. Report any medical or dental expenses that you paid for yourself or for a relative who is a member of your household (spouse, grandchild, parent, etc.) for which you were not reimbursed and do not expect to be reimbursed. examples of expenses you should include, if applicable:
Hospital expenses • Doctor’s office fees• Dental fees • Prescription/non-prescription drug costs • vision care costs • Medical insurance premiums • Nursing home costs • Hearing aid costs • Home health service expenses • Expenses related to transportation to a hospital, doctor, or other medical facility • Monthly Medicare deduction.