I applied for the Aid and Attendance benefit as my mother (a surviving spouse of a deceased veteran) was entering an assisted living facility. She spent one month in assisted living, one month in a nursing home and then died on September 6, 2007. Her death came very suddenly, the result of vasular dementia. The VA received all of our information in early July and began the eligibility process. Obviously my mother died before they could inteview her, and I received a letter in the mail today saying she had been denied a claim because of death. Would it be worth my time to appeal for the benefits she should have received for the months of July and August? Thanks.