VA Disability Pension Pay-Out Standards

If you want to claim for a VA disability pension, then there are some things which you should be aware of, including the amount that you can expect, and the standards of disability. Qualifying for a VA disability pension is not always as straight forward as you might think. There are many things which can affect the pay-out which you receive.

Standard of Disability

Unlike the other disability benefits, in order to qualify for the pension you will not need to show that your injury occurred during active service, but you will need to show that you are almost totally disabled. This means that you will have to be rated 100% disabled by a VA physician. This can be very difficult, rather like applying for social security. Once you have qualified for the VA disability pension, you will still have to be means-tested.

Needs Based Pensions

Because the VA disability pension is a needs-based benefit, you will also have to show that you are not in receipt of any income, or that it is not large enough to affect your claim. The VA will include any income that you, or your spouse or dependants earn, as calculable income, which will then be deducted from your payout.

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