As explained in VB 00102.001B.3., other benefit income is any recurring payment such as an annuity, pension, retirement
or disability benefit received by a qualified individual, but only if a similar payment was received by the individual from the same or a related
source, during the 12-month period immediately before the month the veteran filed
an application for SVB. Other benefit income includes any veteran's compensation or pension, workmen's compensation
payment, old-age, survivors, or disability insurance benefit, railroad retirement,
annuity or pension and unemployment insurance benefit.
A qualified individual's monthly benefit amount (75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit
rate (FBR)) is reduced by the amount of his or her other benefit income for that month.
If the other benefit income is equal to, or more than, 75 percent of the SSI FBR at
the time the determination is made on whether the individual meets the requirements
for qualification, the SVB claim is denied. If the other benefit income becomes equal
to, or more than, 75 percent of the SSI FBR after the qualification determination
is made, payments are suspended.
NOTE: In the rare case, in which the other benefit income becomes equal to, or more than,
75 percent of the SSI FBR between the date the qualification determination is made
and the date the claimant is determined entitled to SVB, payments to the individual
will be suspended effective with the later of the following:
the month the other benefit income became equal to, or more than 75 percent of the
SSI FBR; or
The determination of qualification cannot be reversed since it was correct when it
was made, but the beneficiary cannot receive any payments because of the amount of
his other income.