So finally, we have reached a conclusion to the 19 month saga! After speaking two more times to the VA between late November and early January 2011 and receiving no status other than 'in development phase', I once again found myself contacting my state senator. In my plea, I included an entire timeline of the sequence of events from July 2009 to present. Just 3 short weeks later, Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, came to the rescue, and our father now has FINALLY received the accrued benefits due him. Without Senator Isakson and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, we would never have made it through to a successful conclusion. Please do not hesitate to contact your Senators!!! They will help you!!! And Vetadmin, thank you once again for what you do every day for our Vets and their families.