I am hoping for some help from those of you who have been through this before. Here’s my story: May 20, 2012 - Sent application with cover letter, here’s what was included: VA 21-526 Veteran’s Application for Compensation and/or Pension VA 21-2680 Examination fir Housebound Status of Permanent Need for Regular Aide and Attendance VA 21-4142 Authorization and Consent to Release Information to the Department of Veterans Affairs VA 21-0845 Authorization to Disclose Personal Information to a Third Party Nursing Home Status Statement Certified Copy of Discharge/Separation Papers (Navpers-553) Social Security Award Notification Letter for 2012 Bank Statement – Security Service Federal Credit Union Bank Statement – Bank of America Billing Invoice – Church Pension Group (supplemental medical insurance policy) Billing Invoice – Brookdale Senior Living (Assisted Living Facility) List of Recurring Medication Expenses List of Medical Visits and Hospital Admissions Also made the standard request due to advanced age (85 years old) and declining health, would like request expedited handling application. June 12, 2012 – we received a letter asking for additional information. I’ve uploaded a copy of the first few pages of the letter, and find some of the requested info confusing particularly: • They want a “new” 21-4142. The one I downloaded form Veteranaid.org was the Sept 2009 revision. The new one they sent is Jan 2011 revision, but it clearly states at the bottom that existing stocks of the Sept 2009 revision can still be used. I can redo the form, but it is just another hassle that seems unnecessary – anyone else had this happen? • They made the following statement: “Your unearned income seems too low compared to the net worth you claim. Please submit statements from your bank or financial institution to verify the amount of interest and/or dividends received during this period.” Dad’s only income is social security. His assisted living cost is $2761/month. He has about $30,000 in the bank, but this is all that is left from his life savings and a reverse mortgage he took out on his home 3 years ago. House is now in foreclosure as unable to sell it. The money is in a money market checking account, and the bank statement included the measly interest he received on that. I’m not sure what they are wanting here. Should I just explain this on the 21-4138? • They requested “a statement from your attending physician regarding your residency at the nursing home. Please be sure this statement includes a diagnosis and a prognosis.” I already submitted the Nursing Home Status Statement from the Physician, as well as the 21-2680. What else could they want? • They are requesting I submit form 21-0516-1 and 21-8416 – I did not think these were needed for the application, but only needed after approval was received? • The letter keeps on going and asking for stuff I felt I already provided. I hate to keep quoting the letter in this post as it will make it too long. I decided to scan part of the letter and will attached in separate posts (as 3 separate files to make them small enough). If anyone has time, perhaps they could look at it and offer some insight. Thanks again to Debbie and everyone on this site for all the helpful information.