Qualified Veterans Urged to Seek Blindness Pension

ANNVILLE PA – A pension program that pays up to $150 in monthly benefits is available for blind U.S. armed service veterans living in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminded area residents Friday (Oct. 1, 2021), as it begins its observance of October as Blind Awareness Month.

“Any veteran with service-connected blindness should apply for this benefit and begin receiving the monthly premium they deserve,” Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs, said. Programs like the blind veterans pension “play a huge role” in making the transition from service to the civilian world while dealing with a health challenge, she added.

Potentially eligible as pensioners are those who served honorably in the military; were Pennsylvania residents upon entering the military; and suffered a service-connected injury, or incurred a disease, that resulted in loss of vision.

Veterans should start the application process by contacting veterans affairs directors in the counties where they live. All directors “are accredited and can help veterans apply” for benefits at no cost to them, Weigl said.

To speed up the application process, veterans should have the following documentation when they apply: a copy of last military service DD-214, proof of Pennsylvania residency upon entering the military, and a United States Department of Veterans Affairs disability claim number.

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