The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.
Fiscal Year 2016: FY 16, 291,195 Veterans received pensions. Fiscal Year 2017: FY 17, 291,777 Veterans received pensions. Fiscal Year 2018: FY 18, 291,777 Veterans received pensions.
Uses and Use Restrictions
A Veteran who meets the wartime service requirements is potential eligible if he/she is:
? permanently and totally disabled for reasons not necessarily due to service,
? age 65 or older, or
? is presumed to be totally and permanently disabled for pension purposes because:
o he/she is a patient in a nursing home for long-term care due to a disability, or
o being disabled, as determined by the Commissioner of Social Security (SS) for purposes of any benefits administered by the Commissioner, such as SS disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income.
Income restrictions are prescribed in 38 U.S.C.
Pension is not payable to those whose estates are so large that it is reasonable they use the estate for maintenance.
A Veteran meets wartime service requirements if he/she served: ? a total of 90 days or more during one or more periods of war; ? 90 or more consecutive days that began or ended during a period of war; or ? for any length of time during a period of war if he/she was discharged or released for a service-connected disability. Veterans entering service after September 7, 1980, must also meet the minimum active duty requirement of 24 months of continuous service or the full period to which the Veteran was called to active duty.
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, be age 65 or older, or presumed to be totally and permanently disabled for pension purposes because he/she is a patient in a nursing home for long-term care because of disability, or disabled, as determined by the Commissioner of Social Security (SS) for purposes of any benefits administered by the Commissioner, such as SS disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income. His or her income and net worth must be limited as prescribed by 38 U.S.C. 1521 and 1522. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. An application (VA Form 21-526 or VA Form 21-527EZ) may be obtained from a local or regional VA Office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog) and submitted to the Regional Office. Veterans may also apply on-line at www.va.gov.
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
38 U.S.C. 1511, 1512, 1513, 1521, 1522, 38 U.S.C 1511-1513 1521.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days. On average from 69 to 93 days. Approximately 86 percent completed in 125 days or less.
Available. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
No audits are required for this program.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $3,745,970,000; FY 17 est $3,900,824,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Payments are $$12,868 annually, reduced by countable income for a Veteran without dependents ($21,466if in need of aid and attendance and $ $15,725 if housebound) and $16,851for a Veteran with one dependent ($25,488 if in need of aid and attendance and $19,710if housebound) plus $2,198for each additional dependent. Also, an additional $2,923is added if a Veteran is of the WWI or Mexican Border Period. These rates were effective December 1, 2014 for Improved Law Pensions.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
38 CFR 3.3. 'Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents,' VA Pamphlet 80-0-01, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-79054. The stock number is 051-000-00233-4.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. 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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