I have tried to be patient, really I have, but this whole process is the ultimate in stalling and incompetence and I am now at the desperation point with my Dad's finances. We currently spend about $600 per month more than his income on his monthly expenses. He's got $1,000 left in his savings and I am about to move another $600 from savings to cover May's expenses. Next month we won't be able to make his rent. His application was submitted in October along with a 21-22a and complete documentation of every single item listed in the application process, and a cover letter requesting expedited processing due to his age of 83. I did not even get an acknowlegedement that they had the application until the end of December after I faxed them a request to let me know they had it. I have received a grand total of one "Be patient we are working on it" letter since then, in early February. Two weeks ago I tried to call and get an update on the status. They refused to speak to me even though they acknowledged the 21-22a was in his file. I was told that the 21-22a was discontinued in January and now a 21-0845 was required. So I made another 4 hour trip to my Dad's place to get his chicken scratch on the form. He had no understanding of what he was signing, but when I told him it would get him more money he thought that was a good idea and scribbled something resembling his name. I both faxed and mailed the completed form to Philadelphia. I then contacted the VA by way of their website and sent an email requesting status update (did this pretending to be him, it worked). First they claimed they did not have anything under his service record, so I once again supplied his SS# and claim number (they were included in the original email). Then they forwarded the email to Philadelphia, who finally replied with "other people applied before you did. We'll let you know when we get to your application." Meanwhile we have assisted living rent and medications to pay for. I am ready to contact the Senator in my Dad's state to see if he can intercede and get something moving. I've never done this before. I dont' even know how to address the senator - "your honor" s for judges, is it also used for senators? Is a brief outline of my problem and request for assistance what is required, or should I spell out the whole sad story in detail? I would think a long story might get tossed, I should keep it short and sweet (but maintain desperation). Do I write to both senators, or just one?