We recommend you review the Non-Service Connected Pension page. For veterans and their un-remarried surviving spouse a “Non-Service Connected Pension” may be approved to provided additional monies each month to pay for care in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Remember, qualifying criteria include:
The time period in which you were on active duty
Your household assets
Your household income
Your household medical expenses
Your level of disability
This is not a benefit that every veteran qualifies for. All the same rules apply for a surviving spouse. The pension would be provided to those who are “private pay” in one of the facilities. For those who meet the criteria for pension (this must be a single veteran or a surviving spouse), but are Medicaid patients, they may be eligible for additional $90 personal needs money from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This money cannot be taken by Medicaid to pay for the facility services.
Wartime Veteran Meaning
Wartime veteran does not mean that the veteran served overseas or in the area of combat, only that he/she served during the period of time established by the VA as qualifying time.