First, thanks so much for this site! Never could have gotten this far without you, Debbie, and all the others who participate. Mom is 97 with Alzheimers, the surviving spouse of a WWII vet. After 13 months -- and the help of our senator -- she was approved for A&A benefits. With the approval came info about appealing along with a form 21-4138 that had a sample statement. The sample statement basically acknowledged her rights to due process and the rights she'd lose (such as owning a handgun) if found incompetent. The final paragraph read "Having stated my rights to due process I hereby waive my rights to due process regarding this issue and I request you make your decision based on the evidence of record without delay." I hadn't seen this mentioned elsewhere. It seems okay to include this in my statement but thought I should check first. I also intend to include the paragraph suggested on this site ("Please be advised that I have no issue with the VA finding of incompetence..."). And to also include the paragraph suggested to avoid holding of the benefits ("I respectfully question the withholding of benefits..."). Just wanted to check that this is the correct way to handle this, mostly because I haven't seen a reference to the wording the VA sent me. I'm unsure about two other things on this form. At the top it asks for the name of veteran so I assume I put in my late father's name, even though my mother is the claimant. As for the statement and signature: Should the statement read as though it comes from my mother or from me? And should it be signed by my mother (even though she's admitting incompetence) or should I sign it for her?