VA Pension Benefits and Social Security
Many veterans live with disabilities that put them in difficult financial situations. Because service members have sacrificed for their country, eligible veterans may receive VA pension benefits. Unlike most other veterans benefit programs, the VA pension program does not require the disability to be linked to military service.
At Martin Law, our attorneys help veterans appeal denials of VA pension benefits. If you were wrongly denied benefits or if our award is not as favorable as it should have been, our law firm can help you create a compelling appeal. We serve clients in Philadelphia and the surrounding region in Pennsylvania.
To speak with a veterans benefits attorney at Martin Law, call 215.587.8400. We provide veterans with free initial consultations.
Eligibility for VA Pension Benefits and Social Security Benefits for Veterans
VA pension benefits are similar to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Because of their similar nature, disabled veterans may be unsure whether they can collect Social Security and VA pension benefits simultaneously. Yes, you can. However, the amount you receive in VA pension benefits could be offset by SSD benefits.
The government has strict requirements for its VA pension benefits program. Veterans must have at least 90 days of active duty, including at least one day during wartime. If the period of active duty occurred after Sept. 7, 1980, the veteran generally must have served at least 24 months or the full period he or she was called up for.
Applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:
- Age 65 or older with little or no income
- Total and permanent disability
- A patient in a nursing home receiving professional care
- Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Pennsylvania Attorneys Who Stand Up for Veterans
If you have been denied the VA pension benefits you deserve, Martin Law has the experienced and skilled lawyers you need to create a compelling appeal. Our law firm’s staff of attorneys include Frank J. Udinson, who the VA has certified as veterans benefits specialist.
To secure a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Martin Law at 215.587.8400. You can also contact us online.