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My wife divorced a veteran in 1966. Is she still eligible for benefits?

9 answers | Last updated: Oct 19, 2014
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My wife was previously married to a veteran who served in World War 2 and Korea. She divorced him in 1966. Is she still eligible for benefits?
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Your wife would not be eligible to apply for VA benefits under her ex-husband. A divorce and subsequent remarriage terminates the eligibility of a non-veteran spouse for veterans' benefits because this person no longer meets the definition of spouse.


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

I have been married for 38 years. My husband retired military wants a divorce He receives va disability pay will his benefit go down. and if he remarries are they reinstated for him


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writergrrrl answered...

I am a widow of a veteran who served in Korea. He passed away 10 years ago, and I receive a small widow's pension. His death was considered not service connected. I've been trying to find any additional kind of monetary help for me through the VA because I now have stage 4 breast cancer and need help. Do you know anything in the VA that helps someone like me? Thank you.


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

My ex- husband is Viet Nam Vet. He remarried but I didn't. We had 3 children now grown. Am I or my children in do of any of his benifits? Also he had a life insurance policy,while in the service and while we were married. BellsnavyLi


Rick717 answered...

No, neither her or you (or any ex-spouse to answer all the questions here) are eligible to receive the veterans benefits after divorce. You did not serve as a member of the military, therefore you are not entitled to reap the benefits of being a veteran. Make sense? You have to earn what you get. Hope this helped.


An anonymous caregiver answered...

Rick, that is not a true statement, I was married for 25 years to an active duty USAF member, we divorced after 25 years of marriage and I feel under the 20/20 rule. I recieve half his retirement, and tri care till I am 65. If I remarry it ends http://www.military-divorce-guide.com/former-spouse-military-benefits/202020-and-202015-benefits.htm


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