I have been collecting lots of info on the A&A benefit for my 86 year old Mom who is the spouse of a deceased WWII veteran. She has just been admitted to assisted living but she has a terminal brain tumor and lung cancer and was not given more than a few months to live - but so far she has made it 9 months since diagnosis, so who knows??? Is doing well and in Asst living, not a nursing home so she has a ways to go. But still not sure if it is worth the effort to file an A&A application given all the horror stories I keep reading and what appears to be a very uncooperative VA. It appears that she is eligible by income and assets, and her assists will last less than one year at this rate. But again, her prognosis is terminal. Is it even worth the effort to start this? What would happen if she dies before receiving any benefit which is a distinct possibility?