A&A Denied after 16-month wait, now what?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DaveShafer, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. DaveShafer

    DaveShafer Newbie

    I applied for A&A in October 2011 for my then 87 year old
    Father, just got the denial letter on Friday (3/1/13)
    Now what do I do?
    I will not give up this fight!

    The Income the VA counted is incorrect?
    Documents such as 21-2680 not recognized?
    It seems a lot the forms I submitted were not considered?
    In the time between when I submitted for my Father and now, the expenses have
    Risen to keep mom & Dad in their home.
    I have been told conflicting information, do I Appeal or ask for Reconsideration?
    Which would provide me with the best opportunity for success.
    Also how do I know that the VA representative that is helping me is knowledgeable?
    I feel the person who helped me in the first place did me a disservice in the filing.
    Please advise what my next course of action is to be.
  2. Red Headed Mommy

    Red Headed Mommy Jr. Member

    So sorry for the frustrating experience, but do not give up :).

    You can search the forum, but the NUMBER 1 RULE IS --> DO NOT APPEAL!!!!!! Debbie trains us that appealing will start another, even longer road, to get this benefit.

    The road to take is Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim....

    I don't know what kind of representative you used, but most of the successful ones on this forum tend to follow the Do it Yourself method.....

    I would suggest you go back through the items needed and make an index for all documents that you are including, updating them for the most recent information...all your documentation should be listed on the Statement in Support of Claim....be sure to make yourself copies and send return receipt mail.

    If you have specific questions, post them on the forum for assistance.

    Hope this helps!
  3. vetadmin

    vetadmin Administrator Staff Member


    Red Headed Mommy is correct stating the rule is do NOT APPEAL the decison. What you do is use VA form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim. I would suggest you attach a letter outlining all the items that you have a question about especially the 21-2680 and correct financial figures.

    It is not uncommon that something does not get factored in or given the proper credit, so I applaud your decison to not give up the fight, as you should not!

    Please keep us posted on how things move forward for you and your Dad.
  4. DaveShafer

    DaveShafer Newbie

    Thanks so much for the advise!!
    At present I am getting all documents in proper order (and forms).
    I'll be sitting down with an SO with the DAV.
    Just so I know that things are all in order before I continue.
    I will keep everyone posted on my progress.

    It is comforting to know of everyone here wanting the best for their families!
  5. vetadmin

    vetadmin Administrator Staff Member

    Glad to be here for you as best we can.

    Look forward to your upadates.

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