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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Fiscal Year 2018
FY 18, 291,777 Veterans received pensionsFiscal Year 2016
FY 16, 291,195 Veterans received pensionsFiscal Year 2017
FY 17, 291,777 Veterans received pensions
38 U.S.C. 1511, 1512, 1513, 1521, 1522, 38 U.S.C. 1511-1513 1521
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
A Veteran who meets the wartime service requirements is potential eligible if he/she is: o permanently and totally disabled for reasons not necessarily due to service, o age 65 or older, or o 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. 1521. 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: o a total of 90 days or more during one or more periods of war; o 90 or more consecutive days that began or ended during a period of war; or o 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. (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, 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 USPhone:
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 16$3,745,970,000.00; FY 17 est $3,900,824,000.00;
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.
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