My father (97) recently suffered a small stroke which has left him unable to walk, but he is still alert and mentally sound. He is currently undergoing rehab and my sister and I hope in a month or two he will be able to go into assisted living. He was living independently up until the time of the stroke. My father lives in Georgia, I live in Connecticut. In starting the application for A&A and to avoid the cost of an attorney, I contacted a VFW officer here in CT to connect me with someone who could guide me through the application process … somebody with fiduciary authority. Apparently I needed to work with someone in GA where my father lives, not directly with someone in CT. The VFW officer said he'd have someone from GA contact me. A week later no one had called so I contacted the VFW officer again, who was very surprised. Within a half-hour I got call from a Pension Benefits officer at the VA office in Atlanta. I outlined my father situation and that he was unable to fill out the paperwork needed for the A&A benefit, so I was doing as much as possible, but needed guidance since I'd heard that the process can be long. He was very nice and said since my father was 97 the process should be expedited. He requested my father's social security number to see if he was in the VA system. My father has never used the VA so he was not in the database. I said I had filled out VA Form 21-527EZ and had what I thought to be all of the necessary supporting documents: • Certificate of Birth • Social Security Card • Form SS-1099 — 2013 Social Security Statement • Army of the United States — Certificate of Service • Report of Separation • US Military Retirement Pay - monthly income • Social Security - monthly income • Net worth and the value of other property (well under the amount for eligibility) • List of doctors and medications The VA Officer said to send him the application -- which I did unsigned plus scans of the documents. I asked for confirmation. I assumed he would get back to me confirming receipt and outlining the next steps in the process. I received no reply. Unfortunately I noticed an error on the application so the next day I emailed and left a message on his answering machine to say I'd be sending him a revised application. I asked him to confirm. I heard nothing back. A few days later I tried communicating again by email and leaving a message on his answering machine. No response. Finally after two weeks I emailed to say that since I had not heard back, I would enlist the help of an attorney. Again no response … and that is where things stand now. I have an appointment in a few weeks with a law firm that specializes in A&A applications. I am still hoping to avoid the cost of an attorney and therefore request advice on how I should move forward. Thank you in advance.