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survivor widower & VA benefits

My mother has been drawing social security as a widower on my fathers earnings for 2 years and now is living in assistive living. She may be eligible to received VA benefit to help with her expenses, as she has no savings left. Will the VA award affect the amount of social security she is receiving now?


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