This information is helpful, thank you. I have a question pertaining to this form: my father has been declared incompetent by his doctor. Can he still sign the statement form? Also, I was reading further information about the Support of Claim statement saying that multiple letters of support can be submitted (ex. one by Dad, one by me, one by a caregiver) - can this be helpful, or found tedious, by the VA? By the way, here is a link to where you can fill this form out online and print it. Very handy.http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-4138-ARE.pdf
I've also read the following that may be helpful (http://bit.ly/oGCPvR
) - our moderators can comment to its legitimacy: "I just want to point out that any letters/statements from spouses, family members, former service buddies, etc., made in support of your claim, should either be made on the VA's "Statement in Support of Claim" form or be in an affidavit form, meaning that it is a sworn statement. Adding a phrase that "this is a sworn statement, made of my own free will, and is sworn to under the penalties of purjury" at the end of the statement that is signed and dated will insure the statement has to be considered, as evidence, in your claim."