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Department of Veterans Affairs data show that the number of aid and attendance – A&A – claims granted for veterans and surviving spouses nearly doubled between 2007 and 2011, while the number of claims being denied fell by by almost 30 percent. (Cronkite News Service graphic by Chad Garland)

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'Pension poachers' profit off benefits meant for elderly veterans, widows

Business is booming in a multibillion-dollar government program that offers modest pensions to America's neediest elderly war-time veterans - and that's not necessarily a good thing.