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Putting it out here for those who may not be aware.


https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/for_homeless_veterans.asp

Healthcare and Dental information are near the bottom.



For at risk of homelessness Veterans:
https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/for_at_risk_veterans.asp


For Women Veterans:
https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/for_women_veterans.asp
That's great info!! Exclamation
^^^Agreed^^^Thanks for looking out!
Thanks, this is good info to have. Hope I never need it but good to know it's available.
There is this little known benefit from the VA called "basic pension".   It pays up to $1,076 per month (single no dependents) if you meet the requirements.  They are paraphrased here:

* must have served 24 hours active duty in a time of war  (Korea, Vietnam etc) followed by 90 days of active service after that and not dishonorably discharged;
* must be disabled (they consider anyone 65 or over 100% disabled);
* there are asset requirements also, but they are reasonable;
* recurring medical expenses are not counted as income;
* they will subtract any other income source from the $1,076.

Example:   Jack gets a Social Security Check of $885.00.   He pays $114.00 for MediCare part B. His SS check is $771.00
all other qualifications met he would be allowed $1,076 less $771.00, or a check each month of $305.00 in addition to his SS check.    An extra $305.00 each month comes in handy!
Thanks 66788.
Here are some related stuff to his post:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/

Quote:Eligibility Requirements

Pension benefits are needs-based and your "countable" family income must fall below the yearly limit set by law. Veterans must have at least 90 days of active duty, including one day during a wartime period. If the active duty occurred after September 7, 1980, you must have served at least 24 months or the full period that you were called up (with some exceptions).

How to Apply for Veterans Pension

You can apply for Veterans Pension online or download and complete VA Form 21P-527EZ, “Application for Pension”. You can mail your application to the Pension Management Center (PMC) that serves your state. You may also visit your local regional benefit office and turn in your application for processing. You can locate your local regional benefit office using the VA Facility Locator.

Also, if you think some of your health problems are caused while you are in service, you would apply for VA Compensation.
While you can apply for both, you cannot have both VA Pension or Compensation. It's one or the other.
Pension would pay out more, until about 60% compensation rate.

Pension is taxable, Compensation is NOT texable.

Too much to cover in this post.

If anyone has further questions about VA benefits, look at my signature.
Edit: Upon further research, Pension is also considered non taxable income

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/informat...r-veterans - Do not include disability benefits you receive from the VA in your gross income. In particular some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:
•Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to Veterans or their families,

https://benefits.va.gov/pension/vetpen.asp - Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.

I was confusing it with Military Retirement Pay, which is taxable income. - http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/B...l?serv=147
(10-21-2017, 08:40 PM)66788 Wrote: [ -> ]There is this little known benefit from the VA called "basic pension".   It pays up to $1,076 per month (single no dependents) if you meet the requirements.  They are paraphrased here:

* must have served 24 hours active duty in a time of war  (Korea, Vietnam etc) followed by 90 days of active service after that and not dishonorably discharged;
* must be disabled (they consider anyone 65 or over 100% disabled);
* there are asset requirements also, but they are reasonable;
* recurring medical expenses are not counted as income;
* they will subtract any other income source from the $1,076.

Example:   Jack gets a Social Security Check of $885.00.   He pays $114.00 for MediCare part B. His SS check is $771.00
all other qualifications met he would be allowed $1,076 less $771.00, or a check each month of $305.00 in addition to his SS check.    An extra $305.00 each month comes in handy!

Current recipient of VA Non-Service Connected pension( basic pension). income =$1075/mo. I am letting SSI grow to 1500/mo and then will switch over and then possibly start work camping. Started collecting at 58. Rules are much more lenient than SS disability. You also get free medical including prescriptions at any VA hospital or outreach. Free lifetime national park pass. Discounted park amenities at state and national levels. Looks like Arizona may have disability exemption for sales tax at DMV level( would like to know for sure).
Ran into two living in their cars so far- one i badgered into promising to go to the County Veteran's Service Officer (CVSO), and the other was a Vietnam Vet, he hated the system so much he has just "stepped away"- unfortunately all too common- don't want to think about what they did to keep them on the highest rungs of bitterness for four-five decades.

While there's VA programs,  state, cities,  counties and NGOs have others.
For instance, Minnesota will just GIVE a Veteran $5000 based on need- among other things.

My suggestion is to go to the CVSO to coordinate the Veteran's needs amongst the various authorities.

Links Sometimes and 66788 posted are invaluable- VA is wildly complex- rules literally change several times a day- and very few people actually know what they're doing-
So, those who do their own research are rewarded.
After my husband was downsized out of his last two professional positions, we survived on his early social security and part time jobs.  Of course, lost all health insurance and couldn't pay for any treatment if we had it since premiums and deductibles became unmanageable.  Both of us were in the AF and qualified for VA health benefits.  We live in the Iowa City VA district and have been treated VERY well.  They even paid for his eye surgery to be done by a local doctor because they didn't have any timely openings at the big clinic.  My general doctor is so nice I could just adopt him.  I know some areas have big problems but we have been treated very well.  Dentally, I'm falling apart but can't have everything :-)
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