The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released new rates for disability and pension claims. The updates came on December 1, 2020, and they’ll remain active through November 30, 2021.
One of the changes was increased pension rates for survivors of mesothelioma veterans who passed away.
The VA sets a maximum annual pension rate (MAPR) for veterans applying for pension. The MAPR is an income threshold for applicants, and the VA adjusts these rates each year for cost-of-living changes.
What Are the New MAPRs for Survivors Pension?
VA Survivors Pension is for the surviving loved ones of veterans who passed away. Mesothelioma affects veterans at an alarming rate, but not everyone develops this disease from their military service.
Veterans may have been exposed before or after their active duty. Even so, the VA provides pension payments for these former service members.
The MAPR is the maximum annual income a veteran can have to qualify for VA Pension. The veteran can use out-of-pocket medical costs to subtract from their income and increase their compensation.
For surviving spouses with no dependents, the MAPR is:
- $9,344 (no Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits)
- $11,420 (Housebound benefits)
- $14,934 (Aid and Attendance benefits)
Surviving spouses with one dependent child have an MAPR of:
- $12,229 (no Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits)
- $14,300 (Housebound benefits)
- $17,815 (Aid and Attendance benefits)
These are all increases of $100-$300 from last year’s rates. Each additional dependent child adds $2,382 to the MAPR amount.
If you’re the surviving spouse or child of a mesothelioma veteran who passed away, contact our support staff. Navy veteran Carl Jewett is available at firstname.lastname@example.org and can help you file a VA Survivors Pension claim.
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- 2021 VA Survivors Pension benefit rates. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from:https://www.va.gov/pension/survivors-pension-rates/. Accessed: 01/04/2020.
- Past rates: 2020 VA Survivors Pension benefit rates. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/pension/survivors-pension-rates/past-rates-2020/. Accessed: 01/04/2020.
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