If you are reading this page, hopefully you landed here because you are trying to learn about the VA’s pension program for wartime veterans or their surviving spouses. This program is available for Veterans (or surviving spouses) who served during the periods of conflict listed on the very bottom of this page.
If you or your spouse DID serve during one of these periods of conflict, the next requirement is that the Veteran must have a medical need. There are a lot of complicated ways to explain the VA rules about medical need. But, basically it comes down to this: are you currently spending money each month for long term care services? Or, are you ABOUT to spend money for long term care services?
What exactly is “long term care services?” Let me be more precise. Most of my clients need help. They might live at home but preparing meals and remembering which prescription pill to take is a problem. They need help walking or bathing. Some of my clients want to move to a retirement community. Before we talk about what that means, suffice it say that moving to many types of “communities” such as an assisted living facility qualifies as a “long term care service” for VA purposes. Having help at home, even if children help, counts as a long term care service. You can definitely receive a VA pension if you live at home. You just have to need a little help at home.
So, before we go any further, do you nearly or currently spend money for any of the following services?
Yes, care provided for you at home by your children (but not your spouse) can count
This is a retirement community that can, in some cases, count as a protective environment and VA says that is ok.
This is definitely ok and VA wants to help.
VA says you automatically have a medical need if you are living in a nursing home.
If so, you might be eligible for VA Pension. Want to find out how much VA would pay?
Eligible Periods of War
World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.
Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive.
Vietnam era: The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases.