Does a veteran have to die before the divorced spouse can collect A&A?

 A divorced spouse of a veteran is not eligible for veterans benefits.  The spouse must be living with and married to the veteran at all times, unless a separation is military, medical, or fault of the veteran (i.e. abuse or abandonment).

However, if a widowed spouse of a deceased veteran  (who died SC or who was rated 100% for ten years prior to death or who was a POW rated 100% for one year prior to death) remarries and divorces or outlives the second spouse, she can go back on the first deceased veteran.

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