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Do divorcees qualify for their ex’s VA pensions?

I have all the information for the Place for Mom. I didn’t know that Judith , a friend of mine, was married to a vet for a long time and then divorced. she doesn’t have much money , just social security. she is looking for independent housing. she doesn’t need much assistance, but has some health issues and depression from loneliness.

Status: Open    Feb 09, 2015 - 08:54 AM

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Feb 16, 2015 - 02:37 PM

It depends. In general, when a spouse divorces a veteran, they are no longer a spouse, therefore they do not qualify. And for surviving spouses of deceased veterans, the law generally requires a surviving spouse’s entitlement to be terminated if the surviving spouse remarries, regardless of age, even if that remarriage is later terminated by death or divorce.

However there are exceptions. In some cases, you can again receive pension benefits based upon your former spouse’s wartime service if the new marriage was annulled or declared void. To be certain, contact the VA or enlist the help of an attorney that is accredited with the VA.


Feb 09, 2015 - 01:19 PM

This sounded like me, but I am not "Judith" - I was married to a major in the ANG for 27 years - but because there was no mention of the ANG in our Arkansas divorce papers, I was not due any money or benefits for my 27 year marriage according to ARKANSAS law. There are several stipulations that have to be met with the VA which I met except that one - I pursued it for several years and finally gave up (he retired, remarried, and died 2 years ago)

Good luck with answers from the VA - hope she still knows his SS# !


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