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Can mom get any VA benefits if my father never applied for any?

My father, deceased, served with the Marines during the Korean War. Although he could've used the financial and medical help in his last years, he never applied for any benefits he may have been eligible for. My mother, 86 years old, in mid stage of Alzheimer', is living off my father's SS monthly income. Presently she lives alone with part-time care takers assisting her. Soon she will need full time care. Is she eligible for any benefits from the VA?
Status: Open    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:36 AM

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Jan 25, 2016 - 06:26 AM

She very well may be eligible for the VA's Survivor's Pension. That pension is based off of your mother's income and medical expenses and from what you have said she would most likely qualify, especially if she needs full time care. She should apply as soon as you can. I would recommend that you find a local Veterans Service Officer near you to assist with the paperwork due to the number of forms required and potential complexity. A Veterans Service Officer will assist you free of charge unlike some of the other financial planners, etc. Also let me stress that no one can make anything move any faster than another person regarding a claim at the VA. You can find a local VSO near you from the VA's website at:
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