Generally, you may be eligible if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You are age 65 or older, or, you are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct
- You served at least 90 days of active military service 1 day of which was during a war time period. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty (There are exceptions to this rule)
- You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable
- Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law (The yearly limit on income is set by Congress)
As you can see, there are a number of criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits. If you are unsure if you meet all criteria, we encourage you to go ahead and file an application, particularly if your countable income appears to be near the maximum. Veterans Affairs (VA) will determine if you are eligible and notify you. If you do not initially qualify, you may reapply if you have un-reimbursed medical expenses during the twelve month period after VA receives your claim that bring your countable income below the yearly income limit. These are expense you have paid for medical services or products for which you will not be reimbursed by Medicare or private medical insurance.