We applied for A&A for my dad in August 2012. I am my parents' POA so I check on their accounts regularly. I just logged in to their account, and deposited today, is the back pay lump sum from August! Obviously I'm thrilled but, concerned as dad has alzheimers and I'm sure will be found incompetent. For now, we are not going to touch the money just in case the va wants it back. I'm hoping a letter will come soon. And for those who are curious, it seems as if dad was approved for the $2,055 monthly amount. He and mom are still married. While she does not require assistance, I believe they are counting her as a dependent.