We sent my dad's completed application to the Milwaukee pension center on October 18, 2011. Yesterday my mom received a phone call from the assisted living where my dad lives saying she had received a call from analyst handling the claim. The analyst told the assisted living that it looks like he only pays $1900 to live there and, on his income, he can afford that. He can afford $1900. The problem is the assisted living charges are $4000/month. The assisted living director explained the charges on the phone, but the analyst said she had to write a letter detailing the charges and have my dad sign it. My dad has Alzheimer's and really shouldn't be signing paperwork anymore so the director called my mom, read the letter to her, and asked if it was okay for my dad to sign it. My mom said that was fine - the VA doesn't recognize her Power of Attorney so dad has to sign the letter even though he doesn't know what it means. My mom said someone would probably need to write my dad's name on a piece of paper so he could copy it in the signature section of the letter because he doesn't always remember how to spell his name. This morning, my mom receive a phone call from the VA analyst saying the misunderstanding about the charges was cleared up and he was recommending my dad for benefits. He said it usually takes about 10 business days for the letter to arrive. With the holidays looming, we expect it may be a bit longer than that and with the complications in my dad's situation (he receives military retirement for 20 years of service as well as disability compensation with a 40% rating), we fully expect the award will be wrong the first time and we'll have to contact the VA for corrections. However, we're very happy that we may be coming to a positive conclusion in such a short time. Thank you to everyone who provided support & answers to questions! Once we have the final award & I have some time, I'll post some things we learned from our experience.