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Wed Feb 24, 2021, 09:14 PM

Most veterans do not know that they may be entitled to a pension from the VA.

It is complicated and depends on income and dependents. Veterans should check with their county VA office. You do not have to be disabled.

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Reply Most veterans do not know that they may be entitled to a pension from the VA. (Original post)
marie999 Feb 2021 OP
Aristus Feb 2021 #1
comradebillyboy Feb 2021 #4
Baked Potato Feb 2021 #2
Iliyah Feb 2021 #3
Deuxcents Feb 2021 #5
GP6971 Feb 2021 #6
JustABozoOnThisBus Feb 2021 #7
marie999 Feb 2021 #8
JustABozoOnThisBus Feb 2021 #9

Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 09:21 PM

1. Isn't this just for those who served twenty years or more?

I served four years active, including service in the Gulf in 1991. I don't see how that entitles me to a pension.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 09:31 PM

4. I served in the USAF four years during the Vietnam War and

I'm pretty sure I don't rate any kind of military pension.

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 09:28 PM

3. Thanks!

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 09:37 PM

5. All vets..no matter

How long or where they served need to know their benefits. Why is this not a top priority? I am not military. I am, however, very appreciative and there needs to be information available..maybe even required when discharged. My dad was a Marine in the Pacific in WWII..n then he joined the Air Force during Vietnam Nam and flew supplies .. he was able to open an air conditioning n heating school thanks to his benefits. So.. letís give em what they deserve.

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 09:44 PM

6. I recommend that anyone

interested in checking this out, check to see if your state has Veterans Administration Dept. Mine does and they have advocates that can really help out.

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 06:18 AM

7. It's complicated, but pretty well described by VA:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/

Not many qualify for this. It takes 90 days of service, with one day in a conflict zone, but there's a means test. It's far more miserly than the means test for VA health benefits.

There's also a survivor pension, described on that same web site.

Local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts may be able to steer you in the right direction to apply for these.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:04 PM

8. It is 1 day during war time, you didn't have to be in a war zone.

If you were serving before September 8, 1980, you needed 90 days of active service. If you started to serve September 8, 1980, or after you had to serve 24 months of active duty. Veterans on SSI qualify and as long as their assets equal less than $130,774. Assets do not include your house and car. Maximum Annual Pension Rate for a veteran with 1 dependent is $27,549 minus your income. It is difficult to know if you are eligible, but it is worth looking into.

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Response to marie999 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 03:45 PM

9. You're right, one day in a war time. I should know that, since I served not one day ...

... in a war zone.

Thanks

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