My father was collecting A&A benefits for a few years until he passed away in November 2018. We filed a Letter of Intent in December. After following up a few times, I was told that a rep had been assigned to the case but no idea of how long it would take for my mother to start receiving benefits. I got the standard ..We received your claim.. sincere desire to decide your case promptly, back on December 20, 2018. Does anyone know how long these things usually take? I seem to recall it was much faster when we filed for my father's benefits.