I INFALLY got through to the VA this afternoon after a month of trying. It was a wasted endeavor. I was told by someone who sounded like he couldn't care less, that my father's application was in the development stage which should take 139 days. When I pointed out that it has been 257 days since the claim was submitted I was told that they were behind and there was nothing that could be done. I asked if the application could be expedited and was told no. I don't understand how people are getting their claims processed so quickly. We submitted all of the paperwork, doctor's statement, financial documents, etc. This is unacceptable. My question is this, we have a 21-0845 on file giving the VA permission to speak with me about my father's case. If I ask his congressional representative to look into it he has to file a notice granting the VA permission to speak to someone from their office. Since there can only be 1 designee at a time, do I lose the ability to speak to the VA?