Out of curiosity Leslie, in your experience, does it normally take longer to process a claim for increased A&A benefits? We are at 7 months on a reopened claim due to an error on the original claim dated 08/10, which she was approved for $99/month in 02/11. We have asked for expedition due to hardship, but have heard nothing from the VA since September when we received one of those automated letters stating "sorry for the delay in processing"...Unfortunately, in my mom's case, contacting our Congressman's office has been as frustrating as contacting the VA. The clerk in Rep. McKeown's office is nice enough, just not very informative. He supposedly has been getting the runaround from his VA liasion as well, with no update in regards to my mother's claim which is being processed in the St. Paul center.