Explaining Veteran Pensions
What is a VA pension?
A pension is a fixed sum of money that is paid at regular intervals to an eligible veteran for the services rendered to his/her country. You may not receive both disability and a pension, but if you are eligible for both, you will be paid whichever pays the higher amount. Eligibility for a pension includes the following:
- You must be a wartime veteran, defined as "a person who served in the active military forces, during a period of war or who received the Armed Forces Expeditionary or other campaign service medal during an emergency condition and who was discharged or released therefrom under other than dishonorable conditions. A "wartime veteran" also includes a person who died in the line of duty in the active military forces, as determined by the Armed Forces." (DVA website)
- You have limited or no income
- You are 65 years old or above; or, you are under 65 and are permanently and totally disabled, a patient in a nursing home, or are receiving Social Security disability payments.
The process of application for pension can be as confusing and challenging as any attempt to obtain benefits from the federal government. It is a very large organization and not as efficient as we would all like. An Atlanta veterans disability attorney can help you to navigate through the complexities and obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.
The professional legal team at McElreath & Stevens, LLC is committed to helping veterans to obtain all the benefits that they are entitled to receive. We honor the commitment they made to their country and we welcome the opportunity to provide our effective and insightful services on their behalf. We know how utterly frustrating it can be and we want to help. We accept no fee unless we have won your case for you. Contact a lawyer at our firm for help to obtain your veteran's pension.