My mothers application for Aid and Attendance was delayed for over a year until her death. Three months after her death, they sent a letter saying that her claim was denied due to her death, even though we had been getting letters for 6 months indicating that she would be getting SOMETHING. I understood that her estate would get the balance of what she should have received, and I filled out all paperwork as the executor of her estate. I received a letter today with a denial of that request because according to them, accrued benefits can only be paid to the veteran's children under 18 or 23. We had no last expenses for her, since she had a burial policy that had been paid for years previously. Is there something I am missing here? No wonder they delay soooo long in approving any of these claims, it's all just a shell game if this is true. Does any one know any other magic words I should use to appeal this claim? It was really unacceptable that the VA delayed this so long, my mother could have used this for better care during her last year.