My wife divorced a veteran in 1966. Is she still eligible for benefits?
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?
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.
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
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.
Also people check with Social Security...check if you qualify for any portion of their benefits as well as VA.
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
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According to the va if you are remarried you are not entitle to your husband benefit but if I was her I would look into it a little more.
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.
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
My mother was able to get my dad's (who is deceased) benefits, called "Aide and Attendance" from The Department of Veterans affairs. All we needed was his discharge papers.
Rick, your answer is incorrect, as well as insulting. While a military spouse may not serve directly, they make great sacrifices to support the servicemember. A military spouse surrenders their choice of where to live and when to move, endures the many hardships and stresses that military life and deployments put on families, tends to the physical and mental injuries of the servicemember, and they must re-start their careers each time they PCS. This is particularly difficult for spouses whose careers require state-level licensing, such as lawyers. Military spouses and children do earn the many benefits they are afforded and any suggestion otherwise is ill-informed and insensitive.
Rick answer. A military spouse that divorced from their military husband or wife is not entitled to VA benefits. If the veteran die then they will receive benefits only if they were still married.
I loved my Dad dearly and he was away from me and my family and small community when I was a child. No one can tell me I didn't fight the battles he fought. My parents were married before the military and after. We paid for burial and grieved greatly at loosing him to agent orange cancer. Military never helped with colleges, nothing. I hear from retired vets, active servicemen, and read about benefits we have never gotten. This hurts deeply. My Dad always told me he fought for his country and us. My mother is classified as military and she should be respected and treated as such.
I have a question. I was married to a Veteran for 25 years, and had 3 children together. When he found another job and was transfered to several states, he wanted a divorce from me. he even call the local court house and filled the forms for the divorce for me. He know the laws of divorce well. he went to law school for a year and a family member also is an attorney who assisted him with advice. he demanded a divorce from me and i signed for it, and ended our marriage. At the time i had 3 teens to support. I only got $1000 alimony from him. i was totaly uneducated about devorce and life was devasteted for me and my children. i could not afford an attorney to give me advice. No one even cared. besides i was so busy working to pay the bills he created. he got remarried and the wife qualify for everything.. I believe that is a big crime who ever pass such a stupid law. My life was hell trying to help him with his education so he can help his children, instead i work all my life to make him someone to help his new wife. she was not much of a wife anyway. their life was all travelling and enjoy life. she did not suffered the way I did! I built his career to built his children. Just because he died and she was there, big deal. The medical facility did all the caring for him not her.
To the WriterGirl You should contact the local chapter of the Korean War Vets. As the surviving spouse of a Korean War Vet. If you are experiencing financial difficulties you may be entitled to a Survivors Pension. "VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension benefit programs." Once deemed eligible for a Pension you may also be able to receive Aid & Attendance. Also the Korean War Vets have a fund set up to assist Vets and their spouses.
Any spouse who believes they are not entitled to benefits should research this--
Uniformed Services' Former Spouse Protection Act
You may not get benefits from the divorce but if you meet guidelines (length of marriage and his or her length of service), when your spouse retires you can collect a portion of their retirement benefits until you remarry or die (or they pass)
I have a question regarding the answer to the question above regarding ex-spouses not being eligible for VA benefits. My mom was a WWII "war bride" from England. (She actually served in the English Navy). My parents divorced in 1959, BUT she has never remarried. Is it the divorce that disqualifies the ex-spouse or the divorce AND a remarriage? Appreciate any information.
I forgot to add that my father passed away in 1992.
That was a very good question. I was told by an Colonel in the Army that when my 100% disabled husband divorces me I won't receive any of his benefits. But if neither of us remarry and he passes, the benefits will revert back to me. Any comments on this?
I have been divorced for 10 years. I currently receive 50% of my ex disposable pay. I receive healthcare (Tricare Prime). I became my own sponsor after my divorce. I am eligible for burial benefits upon my death. I have my own ID card with my maiden name. This is because we were married for over 24 years. He served over 20 years active duty. Our married years and his time in service over mapped. So we were married the entire 20 years of his service, (20/20/20 rule). As long as I do not remarry, I keep my benefits until I die. In the event I do remarry, my benefits terminates. If my second marriage ends in divorce or the death of that spouse, I can have my ID card reinstated BUT I will not be eligible for healthcare. Because WE don't wear the "Boots" doesn't mean we were not part of the military. I married at 17. I had enrolled in college immediately after high school with plans of becoming a nurse. Everything went on hold because WE were in love. With having HIS children, Moving 11 different times, 7 years in foreign countries due to HIS PCS orders, taking low paying jobs because HIS enlisted pay was barely enough to support a family of 6, and HIS deployments, it took me 26 years and 7 different colleges to complete a 4 year degree, my BSN. No one is allowed to tell me i don't deserve part of HIS benefits. In divorce court, my ex informed HIS lawyer I deserved a portion of HIS pension because he could not have made it without ME. 10 U.S. Code 1072(2)(F). There is also a 20/20/15 rule. This rule gives the ex wife medical benefits for one year only. This benefit does not include other military benefits such as commissary, PX/BX, etc. 10 U.S. Code 1072 (2)(G) & (H).
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