Thank you again for your immediate response. The information is quite helpful as it is more clear to me how to file both forms, 21-0845 and 21-4138.
After carefully rereading the instructions found in your FAQ section for filing form 21-4138, I understand that I write a brief statement that Mom, as a surviving spouse, is applying for A & A, and should quote the statute 38 CFR 3.155 Informal Claims verbatim. I will have her sign the form and give my contact information, both my address and phone number. I will be able to follow up shortly with form 21-534 once I have the necessary statements from her doctor and ALF, the only documents I lack.
I have 2 questions:
Do I mail the 2 forms, 21-0845 and 21-4138, separately?
Will the VA send acknowledgement of form 21-0845?
Please let me know if it appears I have any misunderstandings.
Thank you for all your help. I feel a new sense of confidence.
Iíll keep you in the loop with our progress.