What is a non service-connected VA pension?
A Veteran who served 90 days on active duty with one day during war time
plus
discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
plus
Is 65 or older or is permanently or totally disabled or is a patient in a nursing home or is receiving Social Security disability benefits
AND
has a financial need without significant net worth may be eligible for a non service-connected pension. In 2014 the minimum amount paid for a veteran with no dependents was $1,054 per month and the maximum for a veteran needing regular aid and attendance with one dependent was $2,085.

Periods of War:
WWII - 12/07/41 to 12/31/46
Korea - 06/27/50 to 01/31/55
Vietnam - 08/05/64 to 05/07/75 (if “in country” 02/28/61 to 08/04/64)
Dessert Storm/Gulf Wars - 08/02/1990 to present

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http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/284
for more information.

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1. Who is eligible for Veteran Benefits?
2. What is emergency financial aid (Veterans Temporary Assistance)?
3. What documents are necessary to receive veteran benefits?
4. I can not find my discharge papers (DD 214), how do I get my records?
5. Do the State of Pennsylvania and Chester County offer separate veterans benefits?
6. How do I apply for veteran benefits?
7. What types of benefits from the Veterans’ Administration provide direct monetary compensation to the veteran or spouse?
8. What is service connected disability compensation or “VA Comp”?
9. What supporting evidence/documents should I bring to the office to support my service-connected disability claim?
10. How is the amount of service-connected disability compensation determined?
11. If my service-connected condition becomes worse, will the VA automatically increase my disability rating?
12. Can my service-connected rating be automatically reduced by the VA?
13. What is a non service-connected VA pension?
14. I applied for this pension a few years ago and my income was too high. Now, I am no longer working and I need the assistance of others to care for me. Is there any help available?
15. I receive military retired pay and I have a disability related to my service. Should I file for disability compensation?
16. I received disability severance pay when I left the military. Will this affect my VA compensation?
17. I plan to join the Selected Reserve or the National Guard when I leave active duty. Can I file a claim for service connected disability?
18. How do I determine if I am eligible for VA medical benefits?
19. If I am enrolled with the VA what medical benefits will I receive?
20. If I am enrolled in VA medical benefits, what cost will there be for me?
21. Am I eligible for prescriptions from VA?
22. What do I do if I can't afford to make copays?
23. If enrolled, can I get dental care?
24. What is the coverage for emergency services?
25. Are there any restrictions on getting care in private facilities at VA expense?
26. Does it help my benefits if I've been awarded the Purple Heart?
27. What If I’m Catastrophically Disabled?
28. Will the VA provide hearing aids and eyeglasses?
29. Are there any special benefits for combat veterans?
30. What should I consider before deciding to cancel my enrollment?
31. How do I Cancel or Decline Enrollment?
32. How Do I Reapply for Enrollment?
33. Will the Department of Veterans Affairs pay for my funeral services if I am a Veteran?
34. What kind of benefits are available for an active duty or service-connected death?
35. Can I request to be buried at sea?
36. How can I find out the status of a headstone order?
37. What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?