Yes, VA claims have the power to live on well past the grave. It blows my mind when a Veteran’s family thinks the fight is over at death. In my experience, this is when the process takes a turn for urgency or time is of the essence.
Veterans Appeals Tip # 001 – Even When a Veteran dies, a family member can substitute themselves into an appeal and seek benefits owed”
In other words, Federal Law 38 US Code 5121A can be used to continue an appeal. If your Veteran took the time to file a claim, obviously they did so for a reason. Don’t let the VA off the hook. After all, the military veteran family member in your life made a significant sacrifice in your honor.
I wish you the very best.