In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson discusses the distinction between service connected disability and veterans pension benefits.
Service Connected Disability and Veteran’s Pension Benefits
Hi, I’m Wes Coulson and this is your Elder Law Minute. This is another in our series on Veteran’s benefits, and I’d like to talk this time about the distinction between two programs, one called Service Connected Disability and the other, Pension Benefits, most commonly Aid and Attendance. To establish eligibility for Service Connected Disability, the veteran has to show some sort of injury or condition that developed during or as a result of his or her wartime service. The veteran is given a disability rating, the higher the disability rating the greater the amount of benefits. Establishing eligibility for the pension benefits does not require that you show any sort of wartime injury. It’s a benefit that is available to wartime veterans and their widowed spouses who meet the other requirements for eligibility and we’ll talk about those in some of the other videos.
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