For those of you who are asking how long this process will take, my Mother's application was submitted on 28MAY2010 and her retroactive payment has finally shown up in her account today, 18OCT2011. There were no requests for additional information and no problems with the approval process, except for appointing me as the fudiciary. This is just the amount of time that it has taken the VA to complete the process. I cannot begin to tell you what an ordeal and strain this has been, and so totally unnecessary. Thank God it is over! Good luck to all of you who are waiting.