Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability for Veterans
To assist wartime veterans in need whose non-service- connected disabilities are permanent and total preventing them from following a substantially gainful occupation.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Veterans Benefits Administration
Types of Assistance
DIRECT PAYMENTS WITH UNRESTRICTED USE
Uses and Use Restrictions
38 U.S.C. 1511, 1512, 1513, 1521, 1522, 38 U.S.C 1511-1513 1521.
Those veterans who have had 90 days or more of honorable active war-time service in the Armed Forces or if less than 90 days wartime service were released or discharged from such service because of a service-connected disability, who are permanently and totally disabled for reasons not necessarily due to service. Income restrictions are prescribed. Pension is not payable to those whose estates are so large that it is reasonable they use the estate for maintenance. Veterans discharged on or after October 16, 1981, must have served for 2 years or the length to which called, if less than 2 years, or have a service-connected disability (38 U.S.C.5303(A)).
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. His or her income and net worth must be limited as prescribed by statute. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application 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. 12372.
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) 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 a www.va.gov.
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days. Approximately 87 percent completed in 180 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.
Fiscal Year 2008: During FY 08, 319,363 veterans received pensions. Estimates for subsequent years are: FY 09, 311,855 and FY 10, 303,447. Fiscal Year 2009: During FY 08, 319,363 veterans received pensions. Estimates for subsequent years are: FY 09, 311,855 and FY 10, 303,447. Fiscal Year 2010: During FY 08, 319,363 veterans received pensions. Estimates for subsequent years are: FY 09, 311,855 and FY 10, 303,447.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 08 $2,858,181,000; FY 09 est $2,879,950,000; and FY 10 est $2,899,009,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Payments are $11,830 181 annually, reduced by countable income for a veteran without dependents ($19,736 18,654 if in need of aid and attendance and $14, 457 13,664 if housebound) and $15, 493 14,643 for a veteran with one dependent ($23, 396 22,113 if in need of aid and attendance and $18, 120 17,126 if housebound) plus $2,020 1,909 for each additional dependent. Also, an additional $2,686 2,538 is added if a veteran is of the WWI or Mexican Border Period. These payments apply for the Improved Law Program.
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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