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Received veterans' pension

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GOTVPENS indicates whether a respondent who received veterans' payments during the previous calendar year received a veteran's pension. The Veterans Administration provides pensions to some veterans with low incomes whose active service occurred, at least in part, during a period of war. Military retirement pensions paid to veterans after twenty years of active military service are not included in this category.


This variable is comparable over time.

Other variables available for 1989 onward identify recipients of alternative forms of veterans' payments: GOTVEDUC (for recipients of veterans' educational assistance); GOTVSURV (for recipients of veterans' survivor benefits); GOTVDISA (for recipients of veterans' disability compensation); and GOTVOTHE (for recipients of other veterans' payments).

For 1988 onward, the total amount of income individuals received from veterans' payments of all types during the previous calendar year is reported in INCVET. For years prior to 1988, the amount of income received from veterans' payments is grouped with other sources of income in INCUNERN (for 1962-1967) and in INCGOV (for 1968-1987). While the monetary value of veterans' payments cannot be determined for individuals prior to 1988, recipients of veterans' payments during the preceding calendar year are identified by the GOTVETPA variable for 1976-1987.


  • Persons age 15+ who received veterans' payments during the previous calendar year.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1988 – 2023 - - X - - - - - - - - -



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