2013 Survivors’ Pension rate tables paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) including Housebound and Aid and Attendance supplements.
Date of Cost-of-Living Increase: 12-01-2012
2013 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA): 1.7%
Standard Medicare Deduction: $104.90
Improved Death Pension Rate Table – Surviving Spouse/Child(ren) – Alone or With the Other
2013 Survivors Pension Rate Tables
Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) Category Amount
MAPR Without Dependent Child $8,359
To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or $417
MAPR With One Dependent Child $10,942
To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or $547
Housebound Without Dependents $10,217
Housebound With One Dependent $12,796
A&A Without Dependents $13,362
A&A Without Dependents (SAW Veteran's Surviving Spouse) $13,904
A&A With One Dependent $15,940
A&A With One Dependent (SAW Veteran's Surviving Spouse) $16,424
SBP/MIW Annuity Limitation $8,359
Add for Each Additional Child $2,129
MAPR FOR CHILD ALONE $2,129
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
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 – Veteran’s 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.