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Who do I contact or how do I go about getting the status on aid & attendance for my mother (spouse of deceased veteran) that I applied for? Applied at local VA office in September and I have not heard anything.

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How can I check on the status of my pending claim? can I check status online ?

You can use the eBenefits portal to check the status of your claim online if you are an eBenefits Premium (Level 2) account holder. To determine the status of your pending claim, login to your eBenefits account (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov) and select My eBenefits. On the "Compensation" tab, select Compensation & Pension Claims Status to view your claim status.

You can also call 1-800-827-1000 and follow the recorded instructions, or you can contact VA and fill out the Ask A Question form. If you are not an eBenefits account holder, you can visit the eBenefits Registration page at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ for information on how to establish an account.

I also found this online at: http://www.veteranaid.org/expect.php

"One thing you can expect is that it will take between 8-10 months on average for your application to be processed and to receive a determination letter. Due to the current backlog of claims to be processed this timeframe can be much longer.

Many families can't afford to pay for care while waiting for the pension to be approved and funds to be released, which places an additional burden. Some Assisted Living Facilities will work with you if they know the resident qualifies for A&A. Fortunately, all benefits are retro-dated back to the original filing date.

If you or your loved one is 90 or older, you should request the application process be expedited. The VA's own law states that applications for benefits for a veteran/widow 90 or older are to be given priority. It is advised that you include a cover letter with the application noting this request.
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