Eligibility For Non-Service-Connected Pension (Live)


The VA provides disability benefits for veterans who do not have any service-connected disorders.


VA non-service-connected (NSC) pension benefits are available where the veteran had at least 90 days of active military service, at least one day of service was during a period of war, the veteran’s military discharge was under conditions other than dishonorable and there is medical evidence that the veteran is totally disabled as the result of a disability not caused by his or her own willful misconduct.


NSC pension is income-based, meaning that the veteran’s household (rather than individual) income cannot exceed the maximum annual amount set by the VA each year. Thus, NSC pension is designed to bring the veteran’s total annual household income to the level of the maximum annual amount. The current maximum annual amount for VA non-service connected pension is available on the VA’s website.