Non-Service Connected Pension

Adams County can help eligible veterans file for non-service connected pension.

Also called an "improved pension," a non-service connected pension is a low-income, net worth-based program. Net worth is the combination of income and assets. A pension applicant can also use their monthly reoccurring out-of-pocket medical expenses when calculating eligibility for a pension. A VA Pension is not an entitlement. It is a benefit for which a veteran might be eligible.

Basic Eligibility (all conditions must be met)

  • 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.
  • Must 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 and Attendance

  • Aid and Attendance increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount if you meet one of the following conditions:
  • You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment.
  • You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment.
  • You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity.
  • 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.

A veteran, dependent or widow who requires Aid and Attendance may be eligible for a greater monthly pension benefit. Aid and Attendance can also be filled with compensation claims.