With both parents being veteran's, the VA "shaft" does not recognize gender. Having bought VA law books and read them, my dad was denied all benefits having an honorable discharge. My mother had a medical discharged. After my dad passed away in a VA hospital, my mother only saw a $5.00 monthly pension check. I heard that the VA maintains payroll to employees thru denying cash benifits. I calculated accrued unpaid benefits close to $60,000.00 when my dad died. What a fabulous system, but don't get hurt or injured while on active duty.