We have applied for VA survivor benefits. We need help with mom but we can't afford to pay for outside caregiver help fees unless we get these benefits. The VA called and wanted to know how much money mom has paid out for caregiver services.They are sending forms for us to fill out to declare what has been paid. Mom can't afford to pay anything. My sister and I have been taking care of mom alternately but not receiving any money from mom for our services. We need to hire outside help. Sister and I both work and can't devote as much time to mom as she needs. Does the fact that mom has not paid us for our help eliminate us from receiving these benefits. I'll be getting the forms from VA soon, but I'm not sure how to answer.