Hello, I hope to file a FDC (fully developed claim) for A&A for my Dad a vet of the Korean War. I plan to mail it on Jan 27, two weeks from today. Should I (or even can I) file an intent to file claim with VA to establish a date on record? The reason I ask is that I understand VA retroactively pays back to the date claim is received. But does filing intent disqualify FDC status? Is there a form for doing the above or do I just write a letter? How does one designate the application as a fully developed claim? Is there a form that establishes the claim as FDC or do I just state it in cover letter? If I am helping my Dad by putting all this together for him, on form 21-2680 Am I the claimant ? My father suffers some confusion but has not been medically diagnosed with dementia. He understands his finances but I generally do his bills and keep his checkbook balanced for him. I am his health care surrogate and POA. I know that VA doe not recognize either of these designations. Should I seek a designation of fiduciary from VA or wait until further developments after A&A is awarded? Dad is in a Assisted Living Facility. I read here to strike out all instances of the words Nursing Home on VA form 21-0779 and write above "ALF" or Assisted Living Facility. Is this correct? Also on same form should question 10 have "INTERMEDIATE NURSING CARE" checked? Thank You so much. When I first discovered A&A I thought I was going to have to hire someone to do this. But all of you have made it much more manageable. Thanks Again. Tom L.