How I sympathize with your mom. I was married to my ex through his entire 16 years military career. We divorced after 36 years of marriage for Verbal and mental abuse from him and his attempts at bodily harm. Yes, he has remarried, but I want to know how Social Security can manage to pay me from his benefits as well as his new wife. I have worked with the senior population for 30 years in health care and found out about this benefit perhaps 10 years ago. It is a wonderful and absolutely deserved benefit for the military who served, as well as the spouses who kept their lives and families together while their soldier was engaged in war. I have assisted many seniors since learning about this benefit to apply for and receive this "hidden" benefit, as I call it. I deserve and earned this Aide right along with my ex-husband. He was in Vietnam; he came back only to torture me with verbal and physical abuse and sexual addiction. The war had taken every last ounce of humanness out of this man I had married. While he was in Vietnam, I had our first child all alone with no help from anyone and lived on a $92.10 monthly allotment sent for me and my daughter. Please, Please Please HELP to get this eligibility rule adjusted to todays world. This includes the thousands and hundreds of thousands of we baby boomers who were forced to divorce from this type of misery in order to stay alive. I am now 68 years old, living on $17,000 a month, trying to work part time to have a livable existence. I need your help and deserve as much of a benefit, the only benefit possible for me to have for the years of living with the hardships and demands that his career required. Someone help me please. Please.