This forum was of great help to me when I applied for A&A last year for my father, a WWII veteran. I come now with another question. --He received approval for the pension last May and began receiving monthly payments. Payment for six months benefit was withheld pending appointment of fiduciary. --I was appointed fiduciary in January. Payment for January was deposited into the fiduciary bank account I set up. --My fiduciary appointment letter states that the retroactive funds would be used for the cost of care and towards the purchase of a pre-paid burial. --Retroactive funds were not received. He passed away in February. He was buried in a National Cemetery. --He left about $25K in assets. My brother and I are the only beneficiaries. --Funeral home expenses, last nursing home bill, and hospital bills will total about $14K. I will probably pay these myself since the probate process takes six months. We have not begun that process yet. I've talked with the VA Field Examiner that I met with about the fiduciary appointment. She was unsure if the retroactive funds are still available for his last expenses, but suggested I complete a Form 21-601. My internet research has not been necessarily encouraging, but it hasn't been that clear either. I'm hoping someone has had some experience with this and can help out here. Thanks for all you do!