Does the veteran need a divorce or is a legal separation sufficient to obtain veterans benefits?

A vet is married, although separated, and do not contribute to each other’s expenses. 

In the case of ANY separation where the veteran and spouse do not contribute to each financially and do not file a joint tax return, the veteran can file as a single veteran.  Complete the marital information, but state filing as a single veteran, as separated since………. and that neither he, nor his estranged spouse, contribute financially to the support of each other, nor do they file a joint tax return. 

Consequently, her assets, income, and UME is not countable.  Also, she forfeits all rights to future VA benefits.

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