After 6 months and a few extra items submissions, many hours of head scratching and more than enough frustration, I am happy to report that my father (WWII,92) and mother received an award letter yesterday. It looks like they are to get the max benefit and I have to thank everyone at this website for all the help. I could not have made head nor tails of all this without the guidance I received here. Thank You, THANK YOU! But if the story were to end there what would be the fun in that? The VA has determined to withhold the retroactive payments from July 2012 because they determined dad as incompetent for VA purposes. Dad has issues with eyesight and some cognitive impairment (did I mention he's 92?) but certainly nothing like dementia or worse. Mom is much the same, can remember the words to every song from 1939, can't remember what she had for breakfast yesterday, but both are in OK shape. Dad can't drive and so doesn't handle the finances most of which travel in and out of their account automatically under the watchful eye of my mom and myself. Anyway dad doesn't want to contest the decision for fear that the VA will take back his award. Question 1 then is, can they do that? Instead dad wants me to be named as fiduciary. I am POA and I know that doesn't matter but thought I would say it anyway. I am reading horror stories about having a VA appointed fiduciary, and frankly dad doesn't want those @*^&% involved, and the quagmire that is the fiduciary process for appointing someone. I hear it can take a year sometimes and it is a nightmare of paperwork and interviews and credit checks. I'm not concerned about those things, I have nothing to hide. And after the A&A process paperwork is my best friend and I have the 21-4138 ready to fill out with the predetermined copy found in the FAQ here to start the process. My second question then is, would it be better to contest the incompetency and try to avoid the slings and arrows (and again do we risk losing benefits) or move ahead with the fiduciary process and hope that dad lives long enough to see the retroactive money? Again veteranaid.org you have not failed me so far and I turn to your wisdom once more.