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Is my mother eligible for A&A?

My mother was married for 29 years to my Veteran father who served in WWII. She divorced and remarried. Both my father and her second husband susequently passed away. Is she eligible for my father's Veteran benefits, specifically A&A?
Status: Open    Feb 23, 2016 - 11:20 AM

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Mar 16, 2016 - 08:34 AM

Your mother would only be eligible for A&A if her 2nd husband was also a veteran. The divorce and remarriage severed the obligation of your father to continue to pay for her later care.

Mar 16, 2016 - 08:56 AM

Unfortunately once they were divorced it ended any and all entitlement to her claim for any survivor's benefits from the VA.

Mar 16, 2016 - 12:49 PM

She would not be able to claim on her first marriage due to divorce. She may be eligible to file on her second husband if he was a veteran and they were married for at least one year at the time of his passing.
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