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VA Benefits Cost-of-Living Increase

Congress recently approved a 2% cost-of-living increase in the maximum annual pension rate for service pension and death pension benefits.

Maximum Annual Pension Rates for the Service Pension are as follows:

Annually Monthly
Service Pension $13,166 $1,097
  w/ Dependent $17,241 $1,437
Pension w/ Housebound Allowance $16,089 $1,341
  w/ Dependent $20,166 $1,681
Pension with Aid & Attendance Allowance $21,962 $1,830
  w/ Dependent $26,036 $2,170

 

Maximum Annual Pension Rates for the Death Pension (pension for surviving spouses of veterans) are as follows:

Annually Monthly
Service Pension $8,830 $736
Pension w/ Housebound Allowance $10,792 $899
Pension with Aid & Attendance Allowance $14,113 $1,176

 

The increase is effective December 1, 2017 and will be reflected in benefit payments beginning in January 2018.