Difference in Veteran Disability and Veteran Pension

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Sometimes words used by the VA are confusing. Two terms we want to discuss today are veteran disability from service related injuries and veteran pension for veterans who are disabled (non service related) or over the age of 65.

If you, as a veteran, suffered a service related injury then you will receive a “rating” of some percentage. It might be 20% or 75% or 100%. This may entitle you to receive benefits.

These benefits are not normally impacted in any way by your income or assets — instead it is based upon your level of service related disability.

But, veteran pension (not “retirement” — it’s just what it is called) is for veterans who qualify and who are 100% disabled or over the age of 65.

If you meet the requirements, then your assets and income are examined as well as what type of assistance you need to determine your level of benefits. These benefits can be up to $2,000 a month so this is a very significant benefit for those who need help.

Are you homebound? Do you require assistance in your daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, taking your meds, etc?

All of these items can make a difference in the amount of benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Most of our posts in this category of “Veteran Benefits” concern the non service related injuries and disabilities. As we previously discussed, there is a large number (millions) of veterans who may qualify for this benefit but given that the VA is sometimes confusing on how to analyze if you qualify, millions are not receiving benefits they are entitled to receive.

If you live in Alabama and have questions about this benefit for you or your spouse or your parents, please let us know by calling us at 205-879-2447 or you can fill out a contact form on our Alabama Consumer site. Do note we are creating a separate site just for this area of the law in Alabama but it is not up and running yet so feel free to give us a call at 205-879-2447.

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