1. The veteran must have served in active military for 90 or more consecutive days, with one day during a period of wartime as defended by the Veterans Administration.
2. The veteran must have been discharged under anything other than dishonorable conditions.
3. The veteran must be at least 65 years of age or totally and permanently disabled.
A surviving spouse of a war veterans may be eligible if he or she remained married to the veteran until
death and has not remarried. A divorced spouse is NOT eligible for pension benefits.
What are the periods of war considered by the VA?
- World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961 for veterans who served in country before August 5, 1964) through May 7, 1975
- Gulf War: August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by law of Presidential Proclamation
This pension benefit is one of the most misunderstood benefits being administers by the VA today. There are veterans and spouses that are told that they do not qualify when in fact they can. There are a number of criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits. Call Jim Hanna, Veterans Claim Agent (210-641-5000 or 1-800-952-9445) and he will assist you with the eligibly requirements and guide you through the process. The more complete your application is, the more likely your claim will move quickly through the Veterans Administration Pension Center. Filing time is important because all benefits are retro-dated back to the date that the VA receives the claim.
Jim helps families understand the benefit by conducting free informational seminars to let them know the basic information that will be needed to apply. He holds these at assisted living facilities, long term care and rehabs and many other sites. If families want more information, he will meet with them one-on-one to answer questions that they might have and not want to ask in a large group.