Every Widow Should Know About the VA
Survivors' (Death) Pension
"Qualifying Factors for
the VA Pension..."
Does VA Calculate a Survivors' (Death) Pension Amount?
Your pension is calculated
to be an amount equal to the difference between your income for VA purposes
and the maximum annual pension rate set by Congress.
If, for example,
the maximum annual pension rate for a spouse without a dependent, as set
by Congress, is $8,219 and your income is $6,000, your VA pension will
be $2,219 ($8,219 - $6,000 = $2,219) paid in monthly installments.
If your income for
VA purposes is more than $8,219 in this example, then you are not eligible
for VA Survivors' (Death) Pension for that year. You may reapply
again at any time your income for VA purposes falls below the limit.
A portion of your
unreimbursed medical expenses (what you paid out of pocket after medical
insurance pays) may reduce your income for VA purposes.
You can apply the
portion of your unreimbursed medical expenses only if the expenses exceed
5% of the maximum annual pension rate allowed by Congress.
Administers a variety
of services and benefits for Wisconsin's veterans and their dependents,
including service-connected disability compensation. Such services include
determining disability levels, ensuring proper payment, benefits counseling,
determining entitlement to specially adapted housing, and managing fiduciary
services. The Regional Office is further committed to providing extensive
outreach for demobilizing veterans as well as homeless veterans.
The Milwaukee Pension
Management Center (PMC) serves Veterans and their dependents living in
Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi,
Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.