Sumitted application last Friday 01/22/2010. VA called my Father on Wednesday 01/27/2010 seeking information on his martial status. (If you are a widower and leave the marital status blank, they get confused). I was able to obtain his VA file number from the first rep at the main VA number, and they told me they had me as his rep. Called the pension center, and the rep said no 22-21a on file, and to fax it over right away. Both reps were amazed how quick the file was opened and already being processsed. I will keep you all posted. Eric.