How does SSA affect my VA pension?
how will ss affect va pension
This information is provided by the VA administration:
How Does VA calculate your pension?
Your annual pension is calculated by first totaling all your countable income. Then any deductions are subtracted from that total. The remaining countable income is deducted from the appropriate annual pension limit which is determined by the number of your dependents, if any, and whether or not you are entitled to housebound or aid and attendance benefits. This amount is then divided by 12 and rounded down to the nearest dollar. This gives you the amount of your monthly payment.
What is countable income for veterans pension eligibility purposes?
This includes income received by the veteran and his or her dependents, if any, from most sources. It includes earnings, disability and retirement payments, interest and dividends, and net income from farming or business.
Are there any exclusions to income or deductions that may be made to reduce countable income? Yes, there are exclusions. The following are examples of what may be excluded:
•Public assistance such as Supplemental Security Income is not considered income.
•Many other specific sources of income are not considered income, however, all income should be reported. VA will exclude any income that the law allows.
•A portion of unreimbursed medical expenses paid by the claimant after VA receives the claimant's pension claim may be deducted. (These are expense you have paid for medical services or products for which you will not be reimbursed by Medicare or private medical insurance.)
•Certain other expenses, such as a veteran's education expenses, and in some cases, a portion of the educational expenses of a child over 18 are deductible.
So based on this information it looks like SSDI benefits could reduce your VA pension benefits but SSI is not considered income.