I filed for VA benefits for my mother in November of 2008. She passed away in April of 2009, before her application was decided. Debbie suggested Elder Resource Benefits Consulting. I contacted them and as a result filed for "Burial and Accrued Benefits" in July 2009. With their help, we received the 4 months of accrued benefits yesterday - despite the fact that she passed away before the VA had made a decision on her claim! Thought those of you waiting to hear on your claims might like to know there is recourse if the applicant passes away before the claim is settled.