Hi, my Mom finally received benefits after a couple of years of appeals. She was at $0.00 countable income for a whole year before they finally approved her A & A Benefit. In 2014, she was denied benefits because her liquid assets were about $63,000 but her countable was $0.00. They reasoned that she had enough assets to cover her needs. She has Parkinson's and is in Assisted Living. We appealed again in 2105 and she was approved. In that year, her assets went down to about $35,000. Parkinson's is a very expensive disease and she has longevity in her family. I would like to appeal the start date and ask the VA if they would re-consider her benefit start date to start when when applied in 2014. I have only about a week to do this before the year's appeal option is up. My concern is if I ask for them to re- consider her start date, is there any chance they could reverse their decision and take away her benefit? Has anyone had experience with appealing a benefit start date? Is there risk? Is there even the remotest chance that they would back date the benefits? Thank you!