Applying for the Veterans Pension Program

If you served the US Military during the periods of war, you can apply for the Veterans Pension Program offered by the federal government. This program is under the supervision of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the veteran’s pension, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are 65 years or older and was in active service with any branch of the military for not less than 90 days during the wartime period. If under 65 years of age, you must be a completely incapacitated physically or mentally. (Wartime periods include World War I and II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Mexican Border Era, Persian Gulf War, and other future wars as proclaimed by Congress and the President.)
  • You received an honorable discharge.
  • You have served the military for no less than 90 days, if you are a wartime veteran. For individuals who joined the service after September 1980, you were on active duty for not less than 24 months.
  • Your total income should not exceed the annual income limit decreed by the Congress.

How to Apply

There are two options application types available to apply for the Veterans Pension Program, they are:

  • Mail application - You need to download the entire set of Form 21-526 which is the Veteran's Application for Compensation or Pension, and fill out the required information completely. Provide copies of children's birth certificate, marriage certificate or any other dependent documents. For disabled applicants, attach copies of medical certification regarding your current physical condition. Mail the completed form to the VA regional office serving your area.
  • Online application - You need to create an account on the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) website and submit your application electronically. Be sure to include all information and you will still be required to attach supporting documentation.
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