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Thank you for the information and your question, and I am sorry to read about your situation. There are no VA or DOD benefits that a former spouse would be entitled to unless a court ordered a split of future retirement funds when you were divorced, which could have been done at the time, or your ex-husband elected SBP for you. He probably would not have done so voluntarily (but could have), in which case he would have paid into the system and you would be entitled to SBP via the Defense Finance and Accounting Agency (DFAS). But you would likely know if he elected to pay for SBP for you. Otherwise, there would be nothing you are entitled to with those agencies.
That said, you will be entitled, upon turning 62 to collect Social Security benefits on his earnings record if you were married at least a full 10 years and are not remarried at the time you turn 62. You can read more about that at the following link: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/divspouse.html
It is unfortunate that you attorney who handled your divorce did not encourage you to pursue the issue of a property settlement involving your ex-spouses retirement and SBP at the time you were divorced.
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