I had a bit of a disagreement with Veterans Affairs. They, apparently, decided i 'm just housebound. Doesn't the doctor decide? Here is my letter to Veterans Affairs ' Veterans Affairs: I’m interested in getting the Aid & Attendance benefit as it is advertised: an increase in monetary benefits ($1788) to assist in aid, but to be spent as I please. I do need assistance with buying food, cooking, picking things up, carrying things, putting on my sandals, cutting my toenails, and walking. I am eligible for Aid & Attendance. Progression of my disability is not necessarily linear. The neurologist can confirm this. On average, a claim takes 8-10 months to be processed, but it can take years. No one can predict how much my ataxia will progress while the claim is processing. Also, the VA’s small care-giver programs are short-term plans intended for elderly people. My apartment can’t even accommodate a wheel chair. Small care-giver programs cannot address that. My plan to buy a house is a good long-term plan to manage my disability.