My mother is the military veteran and was receiving monthly a pension benefit ( A & A) and social security while in an assisted living facility. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2017. I have now learned that we must pay back her December Social Security as one does not receive SS benefits the month they die. Is this the same case for A&A? Will we have to pay back her A&A for the whole month of December, or is it adjusted so that we only pay back from the day she died to the end of the month? (7 days). Or does the VA allow for any gratuitous days after her death? When do the benefits cease?