We submitted my Dad's paperwork on 2/9. We used a VA Service Officer in Seminole County, Florida and on March 27th my Dad was awarded the full benefit. We have yet to receive the official letter but he received Feb and March payments and then on April 1st he received April's payment. A couple of thoughts - I have to believe using the VA Service Officer expedited his case. I will be calling them tomorrow to share the great news but this was really fast from what I know. Also this site was great help and I was able to get a lot of ideas to make sure the package was correct the first time. The other item that might be worth sharing is the VA Case Officer entered a lot of data in on-line and them mailed it for us to a POC they had - She had deemed the case "complete: which might have resulted it in by passing the initial processing steps. We had to wait four weeks for an appointment but it was WELL worth the wait. Hope this helps and Thanks to all who contribute n this board.