My wife and I just found about this benefit and are just getting started in gathering everything to apply. Her dad died in 2007 and was a WWII army vet, we knew about the SS death benefit and received that. Mom finally got to where she could not live alone in their home in Fort Mohave, AZ where they had retiremed so we eventually moved her here to Texas just a half mile from our home. We considered just finding her an apartment near by but she is just not able to care for herself and we were able to get her into a nice independent living facility where they check on her and she gets transportation and social activities. She squeezes by each month with her social security and a small pension that dad had from his years at Xerox. But she always comes up short so my brother in law who is financially able to makes up the difference of about $1800 per month. It took forever to sell her home and there wasn't much left after the loans and debts were paid off. And each year the facility where she lives raises the rent. My wife and I often end up paying for things by the end of the month when her funds are depleted. We were able to go through mom's files and found dad's war records. Unfortunately his copies of his discharge papers are long gone. He had tried to get copies of them in 2002 for some reason and got a reply that they were most likely burned in the fire at the National Archives in 1973. But they sent him a signed and dated certificate of military service with dates of entry and discharge with a raised seal that should be admissible. Then we hit a road block. Mom seems to have misfiled or lost her marriage certificate from 1947! One never realizes how important papers like this are until you need them! I was able to go online at the county website in Bristol, TN where they were married and find it in their online archives and place an order and now we are waiting for a certified copy. Thankfully we are not required to submit a birth certificate because she doesn't seem to have one as she was born in a rural hospital and the state says it was never filed! We found that out when we unsuccessfully tried to get her a Texas state ID for a handicap card for parking when we take her places. Politicians never envision these scenarios when they pass new laws! At some point I need to try to get her a delayed birth certificate filed and approved with Tennessee! We have dad's death certificate and will get her doctor and the home where she lives to fill out the forms that are requested. The rest won't be too hard to complete, no property and a bank account that is exhausted every month. The only other challenge is filling out the form for the VA benefit! Looks like a team of lawyers wrote it! Thankfully I found a guide created by others for filling out the form. It's frustrating that this benefit is not better known. We have been covering the shortfall for 3 years now.