Christine Scott Specialist in Social Policy
Carol D. Davis Information Research Specialist
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers several
pension benefit programs for veterans as well as their surviving spouses
and dependent children. The most current pension programs available (for
those meeting the eligibility criteria on or after January 1, 1979) are the Improved
Disability Pension for certain low-income veterans and the Improved Death
Pension for certain low-income surviving spouses or children of veterans.
There is also a special pension for Medal of Honor recipients. This report
describes these programs, including the eligibility criteria and current
benefit levels, and provides data on the number of pension beneficiaries and
average annual benefit amounts for FY1999 through FY2011. This report will
be updated as needed to reflect legislative activity and changes to
benefits or eligibility requirements.
Date of Report: January 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 11 Order Number: RS22804 Price: $29.95
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