Navigating Veteran’s benefits can be an overwhelming task. This page is intended to get you off on the right path and lead you to helpful information, resources and assistance in applying for benefits. Senior Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. Here are some of the benefits that you may qualify for:
Housebound Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you meet one of the conditions below:
- You require help performing daily functions, which may include bathing, eating or dressing.
- You are bedridden.
- You are a patient in a nursing home.
- Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
Survivors Pension, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased veteran with wartime service.
Healthcare Benefits are the medical benefits at local VA clinics.
Burial Services include burial for qualifying veterans and dependent(s) (mostly spouse), grave markers, Presidential Memorial Certificates and possible reimbursement of some funeral expenses.
A service-connected disability is a tax free, monetary benefit paid to veterans with disabilities, either physical or mental, that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free, monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of veterans whose death resulted from a service related injury or disease.
Non-service Connected Pension is Veterans Affairs’ pension program that provides monthly benefit payments to certain wartime veterans, and their survivors, with financial need. A veteran may generally be eligible if he/she:
- Was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions; and
- Served 90 days or more of active military, naval or air service with at least one day during a period of war1; and
- His/her countable income is below the maximum annual pension rate; and
- Meets the net worth limitations; and
- Is age 65 or older or is shown by evidence to have a permanent and total non-service connected disability, or is a patient in a nursing home, or is receiving Social Security disability benefits. (Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980 must also have served at least 24 months of active duty service. If the total length of service is less than 24 months, the veteran must have completed his/her entire tour of active duty).
There are a couple of local organizations who can aid Polk County Veterans in gathering information, networking with other Veterans and applying for benefits:
Polk County Veteran Services : Many of Polk’s nearly 54,000 veterans can take advantage of this free service, which can include providing information about:
Compensation • Non-service connected pension • Education and training • Home Loans • Life Insurance • Survivor benefits • Vocational rehabilitation • Burial Benefits
Polk County Veterans Council : provides a forum for networking among the many organizations who share a common desire to support veterans and foster an abiding commitment to the values and principles for which veterans served our nation.
Clark’s House, Inc. is a non-profit that provides housing services to veterans and their families. They work with each client on individual goals, ensuring they are VA connected as well as providing mortgage payments to qualified veterans and rental assistance and utilities based on individual needs.
For more tools and helpful worksheets related to Senior Veteran benefits, please visit the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs Elderly Veterans page.
*Thank you to Polk County Veteran Services for providing the helpful information!