I am the VA Fiduciary and caretaker for my 82 yr. old mother. She was recieving a $1,400 per month widow's pension from the VA. She was awarded an additional $286 per month for the A & A benefit. According to the VA website, the A & A benefit could be as much as $976.25 per month or $11,715 annually. The VA field examiner told me that she was now recieving the maximum benefit amount. Is this true? Could she qualify for an additional $690.25 per month? If so, how do I apply for the increased amount?