My mom already receives monthly dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) payments. She now has dementia and will be entering an assisted living facility. My understanding is that her monthly payment can be increased by about $300 for aid and attendance. I called the VA and was told that to request this increase I should forward Form 21-0845 (Authorization to Disclose Personal Information to a Third Party) and Form 21-2680 (Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance) along with a letter explaining what is being requested. Upon looking at Form 21-0845, I notice that it says it can not be signed by a beneficiary that is recognized as incompetent for VA purposes. VA doesn't currently deem Mom incompetent, but presumably will once they see the doctor's report. Do you think they will reject Form 21-0845? Thanks for any insight you can provide.