Military Service Requirements for VA Pension and Other Benefits

Veterans (and consequently, their surviving spouses) are eligible for VA Pension, Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits if the veteran is aged 65 years and older and served during wartime.

The Veterans Pension program provides monthly payments to wartime Veterans who meet certain age or disability requirements, and who have income and net worth within certain limits. Here are the military service requirements to be eligible for VA benefits.

Benefit Minimum Time in Active Duty Period of Service Discharge Characterization
VA Pension 90 Days On or Before Sept. 7, 1980 Honorable, general, or VA determination
VA Aid & Attendance 2 Years On or Before Sept. 7, 1980 Honorable, general, or VA determination
VA Housebound 1 Day Any Honorable, general, or VA determination
Military Retirement 20 Years Any Honorable
Military Retirement Homes (100% disabled) 1 Day Any Honorable, general, or VA determination
Funeral Benefits 24 Months

On or Before Sept. 7, 1980

For Officers: Before October 16,1981

Honorable, general, or VA determination
VA Disability Compensation 1 Day Any Honorable, general, or VA determination

Anyone who served on active duty in the Wartime Events listed below, may qualify for VA Basic Pension, Aid & Attendance or Housebound benefits. Veterans who served from August 2, 1990, to present, are considered Gulf War veterans and may be eligible for the same pension benefits.

Wartime Events




December 7, 1941

December 31, 1946


June 27, 1950

January 31, 1955


February 28, 1961

May 7, 1975


August 2, 1990


VA Survivor Requirements

You may be eligible for VA Pension Benefits as a surviving spouse if you haven’t remarried after the Veteran’s death, and if the deceased Veteran didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge and their service meets at least one of the requirements listed below.

A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans who meet the income and military service qualifications. Read our Guide To Veterans Long Term Care Benefits to learn more about the entitlements available to qualified veterans or their dependents.

What’s next?

Once you’ve determined that you might qualify for VA Pension, Aid and Attendance, and Housebound Benefits book your free consultation meeting with our team at Crider Law and we’ll help you complete the process of claiming the benefits that you so rightfully deserve for your service.

 Whether it’s your first time to file a claim, pursuing an appeal or just want to learn more about your rights and entitlements under the VA pension program, we will support you every step of the way.


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