The verification of income is the most common eligibility requirement for any government benefit. Although seemingly an easy requirement, there are some potential barriers.
Gross vs. Net - Gross income is the income total BEFORE any deductions are taken out. Eligibility, for most government programs, is based on gross income. Most people know what is being deposited in their bank account (net) but struggle when having to confirm their gross amount. The Social Security award letter received at the beginning of the year is a good example of proper verification.
Verification from a Pension - Gathering proof of a pension can be challenging especially if the applicant is unable to participate. Some Pension companies do not recognize POA, or have their own form, so getting a simple verification of gross income can be challenging. Starting early, communicating with the Pension company regarding how to secure an income statement is prudent.
Misunderstanding of where income is from. Is the income from the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration? Social Security or OPM? The difference can make a big difference. Understanding the specifics of income will allow you an easier time getting the proper documentation needed.