2015-2016 Survivors’ Pension Rate Tables

2015-2016 Survivors’ Pension rate tables are paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) including Housebound and Aid and Attendance supplements.

2016 Survivors’ Pension rates will not increase in 2016 as the inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration showed a negative inflation rate. However, benefits cannot be decreased despite a negative inflation measurement. Survivors’ Pension rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (Cola).

2015 Survivors’ Pension rate are 1.7% higher than the previous year.  Survivors’ Pension rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (Cola).

To calculate the 2016 Survivors’ Pension rate increase, if any, the average of the indices of July, August, and September 2015 will be compared with the 2014 3rd quarter average.
2016 Veterans Survivor’s Pension Dates:

Effective Date: 12/01/2015
First Paycheck: 12/31/2015

2015 Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) Increase: 1.7%

2015 Standard Medicare Deduction: $104.90

Improved Death Pension Rate Table – Surviving Spouse/Child(ren) – Alone or With the Other

2015-2016 Survivors Pension Rate Tables
MAPR Without Dependent Child $8,630
To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or $431
MAPR With One Dependent Child $11,296
To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or $564
Housebound Without Dependents $10,548
Housebound With One Dependent $13,209
A&A Without Dependents $13,794
A&A Without Dependents (SAW Veteran’s Surviving Spouse) $14,353
A&A With One Dependent $16,456
A&A With One Dependent (SAW Veteran’s Surviving Spouse) $16,955
SBP/MIW Annuity Limitation $8,630
Add for Each Additional Child $2,198
Child Earned Income Exclusion effective 1/1/2000 $7,200
(38 CFR §3.272(j)(1)) effective 1/1/2001 $7,450
effective 1/1/2002 $7,700
effective 1/1/2003 $7,800
effective 1/1/2004 $7,950
effective 1/1/2005 $8,200
effective 1/1/2006 $8,450
effective 1/1/2007 $8,750
effective 1/1/2008 $8,950
effective 1/1/2009 $9,350
effective 1/1/2012 $9,750
effective 1/1/2013 $10,000
effective 1/1/2014 $10,150
effective 1/1/2015 $10,300

Glossary of Terms

  • A & A – Aid & Attendance – Require the aid of another person to perform activities of daily living OR be blind or meet other specific visual acuity requirements OR be a patient in a nursing home because of physical and/or mental incapacity.
  • Death Pension – Intended to supplement the income of a surviving spouse or child who is in need of financial assistance and provide a minimum level of financial security.
  • Housebound – Qualifications: Single disability rated 100% and separate disabilities rated 60% or more (Veterans only) OR Permanently housebound due to disabilities per 38 CFR 3.351(d) OR Hartness v Nicholson (2006) when pension has been granted based on the veteran being age 65 or older.
  • IVAP – Income for VA purposes
  • MAPR – Maximum Annual Pension Rate – The MAPR is the maximum amount of pension payable to a veteran, surviving spouse or child. MAPR fluctuates based on individual circumstances related to number of dependents and if Housebound or Aid & Attendance qualifications.  The MAPR is reduced for each dollar of income that the veteran, surviving spouse, child, or their families have.
  • MBW – Mexican Border War
  • MIW – Minimum Income Annuity
  • SAW – Spanish-American War
  • SBP – Survivor Benefit Plan
  • SS – Veterans Surviving Spouse
  • Survivors’ Pension 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.