How do I speed up the process of getting the VA to approve mother's surviving spouse pension?

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My 86 year old mother has alzheimers, is in assisted living residence. We applied over 8 months ago for VA veterans benefit. My dad was in WW11 and retired from the Air Force. She gets a $1,386 for SS and Civil Service annuity. I am currently paying $1,450 for the difference in her assisted living costs which seem to increase monthly. I am a widow myself, running out of funds fast! I don't know how much longer I can continue to pay. How do I speed up VA? The VA periodically send me a form letter saying they are working on her application, be patient. I provided all the necessary documentation to the local VA office, Her care cost has inceased almost $200.00 since we applied eight months ago.

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Your frustration resonates, believe me! However, if anyone knows who to speed up the process, I'd love to hear from them. I don't think there is anyway to make them go faster, but I'm serious. Has anyone out there been able to speed up the VA process?
Good luck to you. I hope they are almost ready with your case.
Carol
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They probably move that slow in hopes that by the time it is approved it will no longer be needed!
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What office do you go to to start spouse benefits in Louisville Ky
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I have recently written to my district Congressman and State Senator in SC. Both offices answered, but last line in each letter was "If you don't hear from us in 5-6 weeks, write again." I've been waiting 9 months now to hear from the VA. Costs for my mother continue to go up at Asst. Living Home.
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