Hi Forum Members, Please, Admins. If this is not appropriate, please delate and advise. Here's is my question/facts/situation. First of all, my DS is a USNA Class of 2021, mostly due to the influence of my father whom I will be speaking about. My Dad was a US Navy/Marie Corps. RESERVE Chaplain. Beginning service in 1961 and "retiring" from the Reserves in 1986. Retiring as a CHC-06 Captain (I only the CHC 06) because it was his license plate). Recently my father has been in an out of Hospital/Skilled Nursing Facility and, it would appear, because of his advancing mental incapacity and more prominent medical conditions, he may be requiring skilled nursing for life. He receives a Pension from the Navy which on his bank statement reads, "DFAS-Cleveland Ret Net (date) xxxxxxxxxx name". My Dad will be 80 in November. My mother, 2 years younger, is battling 2 different terminal cancers and is unable to care for him. [Yet, frankly better to take care of her own Activities of Daily Living - ADL's] than my father. I know I need to contact VA and check on eligibility - but until I can, I was hoping someone may have a few answers I don't. It would seem he's a "Veteran" by semantic standards, but not by VA benefits requirements. I've read conflicting information in this regard (No, unless he's served over 20 years). If you've dealt with a similar situation and willing to respond (or message), my family would greatly appreciate it. If you've read this far, I thank you.