He had to sell his home of 52 years to pay for care and is still putting out thousands of dollar per month for housing and care. He receives Social Security, a small pension, and a couple thousand dollars a year in interest. He is completely unable to care for himself.
(He does have a living trust)

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Yes, spouses qualify whether vet is alive or dead providing the vet meets the standard for benefits.
There are conditions that must be met.
A veteran cannot receive both Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits at the same time, but they can receive a pension and ONE of these benefits. The paperwork is extensive and you'll have to provide a lot of documentation. Once submitted the benefits if granted are retroactive to applying because processing can easily take 6 mos. I don't recommend doing it yourself because IF THERE IS AN ERROR in the application, lacking proper documentationor not completely filled out, you have to start all over and it is not considered retroactive anymore since it was wrong. CONTACT your LOCAL V.A they have staff that will help you.
If your Mother gets sick, and your Father qualified for these benefits, she qualifies also if conditions are met.
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I'm not sure about an answer here Larry, but I sure would contact the VA Admin and ask some questions.
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