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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 (A&A) 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 A&A benefits based on your disabilities. You and your spouse have a combined yearly income of $10,000.
Your MAPR amount = $25,525
Your yearly income = $10,000
Your VA pension = $15,525 for the year (or $1,293 paid each month)

Find your Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) amount

Date of Cost-of-Living Increase: December 1, 2016
Increase Factor: .3%
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 A&A benefits $12,907
You qualify for Housebound benefits $15,773
You qualify for A&A benefits $21,531

Note:
If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($645 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 A&A benefits $16,902
You qualify for Housebound benefits $19,770
You qualify for A&A benefits $25,525

Note:

  • If you have more than 1 dependent, add $2,205 to your MAPR amount for each additional dependent.
  • If you have a child who works, you may exclude their wages up to $10,400 for 2017.
  • If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($845 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 A&A benefits $16,902
1 of you qualifies for Housebound benefits $19,770
Both of you qualify for Housebound benefits $22,634
1 of you qualifies for A&A benefits $25,525
1 of you qualifies for Housebound benefits and 1 of you qualifies for A&A benefits $28,385
Both of you qualify for A&A benefits $34,153

Note:

  • If you have more than 1 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 $10,400 for 2017.
  • If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($845 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