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Collection Time Period
This collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933.
A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept which are referred to as:
• Army invalids
• Army widows
• Navy invalids
• Navy widows
The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.
- Name of veteran
- Veteran’s Unit or arm of service
- Date of pension
- Veteran’s death date
- Veteran’s “home”
- Veteran’s disability (not included in widows cards)
- Name of widow (only on widows cards)
Additional information about the contents of these cards is available in the Wiki Article: Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933.
How to Use the Record
Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service, i.e. his unit, the dates of service, etc., information regarding the veteran’s family, his place of residence, and any disabilities he may have had. The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.
In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card.
Why This Record Was Created
The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed.
The information in these cards is generally reliable.
Related Wiki Articles
US Military Pension Records
Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 (This detailed wiki article has an index of the cards)
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Sources of Information for This Collection
“Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933,” database, FamilySearch (); from Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration “Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933,” National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. FHL microfilm, 2539 rolls. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.
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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
"United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." index and images, FamilySearch (). accessed April 8, 2011. entry for Hulda E Abbott, Widow of Wellington H Hipkins; citing Pension Payment Cards, Abbott, H. Emory-Aleita, L. Jesus; Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.