I was always told that you never recieve benefits before the date the VA recieves your application for A&A. However now i hear talk of back dating a claim where you can recieve benefits Prior to the VA recieving you application for A & A. Did i mis-understand or is this true and how do you get benefits? Do you reapply? For example, if the veteran was elegible for benefits in January , 2009 but didnt apply for A&A until April and was approved for benefits from May forward can he now go back and apply for benefits for January through April???