thanks to the very useful tips I read in this forum, my Mother's application was approved rather quickly. The Waco Texas regional office received the application on 10-14-09. We received the approval letter from them on 11-17-09 and the $1056 was deposited in her account on 12-01-09. I was expecting a much longer wait, but I credit the tips I learned from this forum for receiving such a speedy approval. Thank you so much!