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Veterans Pension Rates

If you qualify for Veterans pension benefits, the amount you get will be based on the difference between your countable income and a limit that Congress sets (called the Maximum Annual Pension Rate, or MAPR).

  • Your countable income is how much you earn, including your Social Security benefits, investment and retirement payments, and any income your dependents receive. Some expenses, like non-reimbursable medical expenses (medical expenses not covered by your insurance provider), may reduce your countable income.

  • Your MAPR amount is the maximum amount of pension payable. Your MAPR is based on how many dependents you have, if you’re married to another Veteran who qualifies for a pension, and if your disabilities qualify you for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits. MAPRs are adjusted each year for cost-of-living increases. You can find your current MAPR amount using the tables below.

Example: You’re a qualified Veteran with a dependent, non-Veteran spouse and no children. You also qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits based on your disabilities. You and your spouse have a combined yearly income of $10,000.
Your MAPR amount = $26,036
Your yearly income = $10,000
Your VA pension = $16,036 for the year (or $1,336 paid each month)

Find your Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) amount

Date of Cost-of-Living Increase: December 1, 2017
Increase Factor: 2%
Standard Medicare Deduction: Actual amount will be determined by SSA based on individual income.

For Veterans with no dependents:

If you have no dependents and… Your MAPR amount is:
You don’t qualify for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits $13,166
You qualify for Housebound benefits $16,089
You qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits $21,962

Note:
If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($659 for a Veteran with no spouse or child).

For Veterans with at least 1 dependent spouse or child:

If you have 1 dependent and… Your MAPR amount is:
You don’t qualify for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits $17,241
You qualify for Housebound benefits $20,166
You qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits $26,036

Note:

  • If you have more than one dependent, add $2,250 to your MAPR amount for each additional dependent.
  • If you have a child who works, you may exclude their wages up to $10,650 for 2018.
  • If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($863 for a Veteran with 1 dependent).

For 2 Veterans who are married to each other:

If you’re 2 Veterans who are married to each other and: Your MAPR amount is:
Neither of you qualifies for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits $17,241
One of you qualifies for Housebound benefits $20,166
Both of you qualify for Housebound benefits $23,087
One of you qualifies for Aid and Attendance benefits $26,036
One of you qualifies for Housebound benefits and one of you qualifies for Aid and Attendance benefits $28,953
Both of you qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits $34,837

Note:

  • If you have more than one dependent, add $2,205 to your MAPR amount for each additional child.
  • If you have a child who works, you may exclude their wages up to $10,650 for 2018.
  • If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($863 for a Veteran with 1 dependent).

Get historic rate charts from past years.

Read full regulations from Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations

3.23 Improved Pension Rates – Veterans and Surviving Spouses

3.24 Improved Pension Rates – Surviving Children

3.271 Computation of Income

3.272 Exclusions from Income

3.273 Rate Computation