2014 Survivors’ Pension Rate Tables

2014 Survivors’ Pension rate tables paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) including Housebound and Aid and Attendance supplements.

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

2015 tables will be updated as soon as they are announced by DFAS.

Effective Date of 2015 Cost-of-Living Increase: 12/01/2014
First Paycheck: 12/31/2014
2015 Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) Increase: 1.7%

2014 Standard Medicare Deduction: $104.90

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

2014 Survivors Pension Rate Tables

Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR) Category
Amount
MAPR Without Dependent Child$8,485
To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or$424
MAPR With One Dependent Child$11,107
To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or$555
Housebound Without Dependents$10,371
Housebound With One Dependent$12,988
A&A Without Dependents$13,563
A&A Without Dependents (SAW Veteran's Surviving Spouse)$14,113
A&A With One Dependent$16,180
A&A With One Dependent (SAW Veteran's Surviving Spouse)$16,671
SBP/MIW Annuity Limitation$8,485
Add for Each Additional Child$2,161
MAPR FOR CHILD ALONE$2,161
Child Earned Income Exclusioneffective 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

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.