Over several weeks I tried to start the process but gave up. I spent many days and hours researching and looking up the paperwork, etc. I need financial assistance to put my mom in assisted living but she has to be there already before you can claim this as a expense. CATCH 22 - One would not be requesting assistance if they could already pay. I'm sure I am not the only one in this situation. My mom will be 90 years old and from all of the horror stories I can't take the chance of draining my savings to put her in a assisted living and then they either deny me or take a year to come through. I don't have enough money to last more than 6 months, so this process won't help at all. Thanks for the suggestions and advice but I am giving up on ever getting anything from the VA. What a shame how this country treats veterans. Good luck to anyone starting the process and I wish you the best in getting benefits.