VA Pension

The VA offers pension benefits to eligible wartime veterans and their surviving spouses.

Also called an "Improved Pension," a VA pension is an income and net-worth based program. Net worth is the combination of income and assets. An eligible applicant may receive pension benefits if his or her countable income falls below the VA's Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR). A pension applicant may also use their monthly recurring, out-of-pocket medical expenses to reduce countable income. A VA Pension is not an entitlement. It is a benefit for which a veteran may be eligible.

Basic Eligibility


  • Must have served 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a recognized period of war. Veterans who entered active duty on or after Sept. 8, 1980, or officers who entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981 may have to meet a longer minimum period of active duty.
  • Must be permanently and totally disabled from non-service connected disabilities, or if the veteran is over the age 65, this requirement is assumed by the VA.
  • Meet the net worth and annual income requirements. The income limits take into consideration whether the veteran has dependents and his/her health situation.

Aid-Attendance and Homebound Benefit


A veteran, dependent or widow who requires aid and attendance or is housebound may be eligible for a greater monthly pension benefit.

Please contact the Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office for more information. We will help you gather all necessary forms and evidence for your claim and assist you in the claims process.