To anyone who can provide any information or had this experience: As of February 2013, my father requires 24 hour memory care after a stroke resulting in severe cognitive impairment. I worked with a Veteran Services rep who submitted a claim for Pension (A&A) to VA in June 2013. Included with the paperwork was a request for me to become my father's fiduciary. My father currently receives service connected compensation at 40%. In November, the PHL office (for pension) referred the claim to the Winston-Salem office (compensation). Told this was because my father currently receives compensation even though this latest claim is not service connected. In January, I was told by the VA that the claim is now in the "determining incompetency & fiduciary" review phase and that someone would be contacting us to schedule an interview, etc. My concern is that we have received no documentation on if my dad was awarded any additional benefit. It appears to me that if they are now at the phase of determining whether my father is incompetent, is it say to say that the claim will be approved? It does not make sense to me that they would begin this process if they had not already made this determination. I cannot get a specific answer on this from VA or the rep..my father's monthly expenses in memory care (~7000 a month) far exceed his monthly income so I cannot imagine how this could be denied as he seems to meet all the requirements. Also confusing, on the Benefits website under Status it says 11/18/2013 Claim Received. Under Claim Type it says Regulatory Procedureal Review in progress. Under Historical claims, it now shows two claims, one for Pension and one for Compensation. Under status, both say status is Closed..Compensation as of February 11 2014. And under Action it says: Appeal is possible. Does anyone have experience with this and shoud I just assume that they denied the claim after all? Any information is really appreciated.