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10.2. Survivors or Death Pension

Non-Service Connected Survivors Pension Benefit, aka "Non-Service Connected Death Pension"

The Non-Service Connected Survivors Pension benefit, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.

The following requirements apply for the survivor pension:

  1. Discharge Requirements for the deceased Veteran remain the same, and

  2. Service Requirements for the deceased Veteran remain the same, and

  3. The surviving spouse is the current spouse and is unmarried, and

  4. The surviving unmarried children of the deceased Veteran are either:

    1. under 18 years of age,

    2. became permanently "helpless" before 18 years of age

    3. between the ages of 18 and 23 and is in the process of pursuing a course of study at an approved institution such as college or vocational school.

  5. "Net Worth" Limitations remain the same.

  6. "Countable Income" Deductions remain the same.

  7. The MAPR rate limit for each child remains the same at $2,205.

  8. Extra benefit of aid and attendance and housebound status requirements remain the same.

  9. EVR reporting requirements remain the same.


The Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) or "Countable Income Limits" are different for Survivors Pension. The Effective Rates as of 12/01/2016 are:


 If you are a...                                                                         Your yearly income must be less than...

Surviving spouse with no dependent children                                             $8,656

Surviving spouse with one dependent child                                                $11,330

Housebound surviving spouse with no dependents                                     $10,580

Housebound surviving spouse with one dependent                                     $13,249

Surviving spouse who needs aid and attendance with no dependents          $13,836

Surviving spouse who needs aid and attendance with one dependent          $16,506

Surviving child (no eligible parent)                                                           $2,205

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