I first helped my father apply for the A&A pension in April 2011. I was sure he qualified so I followed the instructions and tips from this website. We were asked for more information many times. The month before he was approved, We called the VA, that was quite an experience. The person on the phone had to type everything we said. It took forever and we got no results. I then went to one of our U.S. Senator's web site. There was a link to ask for help dealing with any government agency. We sent them a letter and some other information. About a 3 weeks later he received a check for the 2 years back payment and now receive the monthly benefit. If he had not received the benefit at that time he would have had to move. The information on this site and the stories I read helped keep me going. Thanks! He is a veteran of WWII. Any suggestions of other benefits that are available would be greatly appreciated!