Hello to all my fellow caregivers, I applied for A&A benefits for my mom in January. We received notice in May that she was eligible for death benefits from the month following my dad's death (last April) ongoing, but due to some encephalopathy from an infection she was determined to be incompetent. I returned the forms telling the VA that we did not contest their decision and that my mom requested that I be appointed as her fiduciary. I have called the VA admin in Philadelphia and I understand that I must now wait for a field representative to come out and meet with me and my mom to make the deterimination and recommendation. I am thrilled that she is eligible but am concerned about the length of time it will take to make this all happen. The VA rep made it sound like it would be a long time - many months. Of course like many of you this is a great concern as my Mom get less than $900 from Social Security and her rent is > $2000/mo. My siblings and I are taking this money from our own savings which are quickly dwindling. Does anyone have recent experience with the Philadelphia VA office on this and do you have any advice for me? Thanks : ???