2015 Survivors’ Pension rate tables paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) including Housebound and Aid and Attendance supplements.
2015 Survivors’ Pension rate are 1.7% higher than the previous year. Survivors’ Pension rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (Cola).
Effective Date: 12/01/2014
First Paycheck: 12/31/2014
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
|MAXIMUM ANNUAL PENSION RATE (MAPR) CATEGORY||AMOUNT|
|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|
|MAPR FOR CHILD ALONE||$2,198|
|Child Earned Income Exclusion||effective 1/1/2000||$7,200|
|(38 CFR §3.272(j)(1))||effective 1/1/2001||$7,450|
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.
|2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)||2014 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)|
|2014 Military Retiree & Annuitant Pay Schedule||2015 Survivors’ Pension Rate Tables|
|2014 VA Disability Rates||2015 Veterans Pension Rate Table|