VA Non-Service Connected Pension or Wartime Pension
Many people confuse VA Pension with VA disability compensation. The two are different.
Over the years the VA improved pension has been known as a Non-service connected Pension, a VA low-income Pension, live VA pension and most recently on TV and the internet advertised as a VA Wartime Pension for Veterans or Surviving Widows of Wartime Veterans. The current improved pension became effective January 1, 1979 and was preceded by Section 306 Pension and Old-Law Pension Program. All three non-service connected programs are disability and needs based. Today, the only available program for applicants is the improved pension program or non-service connected pension.