hi i would just like to thank debbie and everyone on the forum who helped me in applying for my mom. i just received the award letter and she was approved for almost 600 dollars a month. this really helps a lot with her care. so let me give u the timeline. this was amazing. aug 17...mailed the application certified mail received return receipt saying it was received on aug22 call va and they informed me it was established in system on aug24 and was in developmental phase called later on about a week or so later and was told it was before rating board and it could be a few weeks before i hear anything aug 28 was informed claimed closed and decision was made oct1 received award letter for mom it took about 35 days for a decision. i did include a cover letter asking them to expedite application because of her age and this really helped. now just have to go thru fiduciary process but the main thing is my mom is awarded the funds that will help keep her at home. thanks again to you debbie and thanks for caring and helping a lot of people who u dont even know. may God bless u.