First of all - i'm new to this forum, but used this site go gather information to apply for A&A assistance benefit for my mom (90 yrs old and housebound). I applied for her in July 2008, and she just received a letter denying benefits, at this time; but information indicated she may appeal within one year. i will read the letter tomorrow for myself when i'm at her house to get details. However, am wondering what the bottom-line is for cash assets. Will the VA tell me?? i heard it's about $80,000 and my mom currently has about double that. but, as i saw noted here by other members, it's flying out the door at $4,000 per month for her live-in caregiver; plus expenses for maintaining her home (utilities, food, and the like). just curious about the asset amount and also as to about how much she might expect to be awarded as she nears the $80,000 threshhold. i told her it will never be enough to cover the caregiver fees, but would perhaps make her $$$ last a little longer. thanx for any information. and bless you all for being here.