A potential significance of the "pension" is that it can help people
who were on TDY and have no record of assignment to Vietnam, or who have a
condition where they cannot prove service-connection.
Re the income
threshold required for receiving a pension, it is higher than one might think.
I believe the last time I looked it was over $25,000. So, a lot of people may
be potentially eligible, but the precise amount of the threshold needs to be
confirmed. The threshold varies somewhat according to the cost of living index
for the particular area where the veteran lives.
Lastly: In Indiana,
where I live, each county has a Veterans Service Office, staffed with people
familiar with these regulations and programs. They are NOT employees of the
VA, but employees of the county, and their services are free. It is my
recommendation that any veteran with a question or a difficulty understanding
"the drill" go to the Veterans Servie Office (or equivalent) in his
As we all know, trying to deal with the VA directly is very
--- In Loadmaster@yahoogroups.com,
"Walt" <wabaade1@...> wrote:
> There is a major
distinction between disability "compensation" and veteran's "pensions"; the
former requires proof of a service connected disability (unless a presumptive
disease), the latter does not. It is not confusing, once it is understood that
they are two entirely different schemes which have nothing to do with each
other. In fact, a veteran falling below a certain threshold income can have a
"pension" even if he was never in a combat zone and even if he has no disease
> Go to va.gov/ and you can find the regulations.
However, a quicker way to learn the drill is to get the VA BENEFITS BOOKLET.
Here is the link; you can view it and download it. http://www1.va.gov/OPA/publications/benefits_book.asp
> The discussion re pensions begins on Page 40. Here are the
first two paragraphs. Further details re all the available income assistance
programs available to vets who fall below a certain income threshold are
explained in that booklet.
> Chapter 3
> Eligibility for Veterans Pension
with low incomes who are either permanently and totally
> disabled, or
age 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if
> they have 90
days or more of active military service; with at least one
> day during
a period of war. The 90-day active service requirement
> does not apply
to Veterans with a service-connected disability justifying
from the military. (Veterans who entered active duty on
> or after Sept.
8, 1980, or officers who entered active duty on or after
> Oct. 16,
1981, may have to meet a longer minimum period of active
> duty). The
Veteran's discharge must have been under conditions
> other than
dishonorable and the disability must be for reasons other
> than the
Veteran's own willful misconduct.
> Payments are made to bring
the Veteran's total income, including
> other retirement or Social
Security income, to a level set by
> Congress. Unreimbursed medical
expenses may reduce countable
> income for VA purposes."
> Best wishes to you and Mr McGowan. If you need further info, drop me
> Michael, S. Baechle, Attorney at Law
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