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:
- Discharge Requirements for the deceased Veteran remain the same, and
- Service Requirements for the deceased Veteran remain the same, and
- The surviving spouse is the current spouse and is unmarried, and
- The surviving unmarried children of the deceased Veteran are either:
- under 18 years of age,
- became permanently “helpless” before 18 years of age
- 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.
- “Net Worth” Limitations remain the same.
- “Countable Income” Deductions remain the same.
- The MAPR rate limit for each child is $2,250.
- Extra benefit of aid and attendance and housebound status requirements remain the same.
- 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 12/01/2017 are:
Standard Medicare Deduction: Actual amount will be determined by SSA based on individual income.
|Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) Category||Amount|
|MAPR Without Dependent Child||$8,830|
|To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or||$ 442|
|MAPR With One Dependent Child||$11,557|
|To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or||$578|
|Housebound Without Dependents||$10,792|
|Housebound With One Dependent||$13,514|
|A&A Without Dependents||$14,113|
|A&A Without Dependents (SAW Veteran’s Surviving Spouse)||$14,685|
|A&A With One Dependent||$16,837|
|A&A With One Dependent (SAW Veteran’s Surviving Spouse)||$17,347|
|SBP/MIW Annuity Limitation||$8,830|
|Add for Each Additional Child||$2,250|
|MAPR FOR CHILD ALONE||$2,250|
|Child Earned Income Exclusion||effective 1/1/2000||$7,200|
|(38 CFR §3.272(j)(1))||effective 1/1/2001||$7,450|
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