(4) The terms “parent”, “father”, and “mother” mean a father, mother, father through adoption, mother through adoption, persons who have stood in loco parentis to a member of the military or naval forces at any time before entry into active service for a period of not less than one year, and a step­parent, if designated as beneficiary by the insured.


38 USC § 1901(4)

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For the purposes of this subchapter
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