If I have previously served in the Navy, will my new wife be eligible for any benefits?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 24, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

I served actively in the Navy from 1975-1979 and recently enrolled in the VA health care program at Bay Pines here in St. Petersburg, Fl. I'm planning to marry my sweetheart soon and was wondering if she would be eligible for any of my benefits as she has been unemployed and unable to pay for her health plan. Or is there a plan which she could co-pay? We are a bit desperate at this time.

Expert Answers

Barbara Steinberg is the CEO and founder of BLS Eldercare Financial Solutions, which specializes in helping families pay for long-term care for their loved ones. A registered financial gerontologist, she speaks regularly on the topic of paying for long-term care and is a financial expert for Caring.com.

Unfortunately, the VA health care program you are enrolled in does not cover your spouse. The only health care programs the VA offers to family members are for active duty service personnel,military retirees and some exceptional situations.