Veterans Affairs Pension Benefit

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Veterans Affairs Pension Benefit


VA Pension is an income based benefit paid to Veterans or eligible dependents. Pension is payable based on a non-service connected disability/disabilities or death.


  • Veteran or eligible dependent AND

  • Discharge was under other than dishonorable AND

  • Veteran served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a wartime period or if enlisted at 09/07/1980 they must have served at least 24 months or the full period they were called to active duty AND

  • Your family countable income is below a yearly limit set by law and meets net worth guidelines.

    The pension program is intended to afford beneficiaries a minimum level of financial security. It is not intended to protect substantial assets or build up the beneficiary’s estate for the benefit of heirs. If a claimants assets are significantly large that the claimant could use these assets to pay living expenses for a reasonable amount of time; then the net worth is considered excessive. Generally the benchmark is $80,000, but there are exceptions.


    To qualify as a surviving spouse, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Married to the Veteran at least 1 year or child born of wedlock AND

  • Marriage must be valid AND

  • You lived with the veteran continuously from the date of marriage to date of death, or if separated by no fault of the surviving spouse AND

  • You did not remarry, or if you did the marriage was terminated by divorce, death or annulment prior to November 1, 1990.


    To qualify as a dependent child you must the following requirements:

  • You are the unmarried child of a deceased veteran, AND

  • You are under the age of 18, OR

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 23 and attending an approved school, OR

  • You became incapable of self-support prior to age 18.


    Please contact the Dallas County Veterans Affairs office to apply for the pension benefit if you meet these qualifications. We will need the following documents in order to apply: DD214, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate along with information on income and medical expenses. Please use the pension worksheet to check income eligibility.

Eligible war time periods are as follows:

World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31 1946 inclusive, or if the Veteran was in service on December 31, 1946 and continuous service before July 26, 1947 is considered World War II service.

Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955

Vietnam: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975, or "In Country" August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975

Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - TBD

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