Just wanted to thank you for your instructions on How to Apply for Aid & Attendance. I filed a claim for my mother (widow of a WWII veteran). Initially I sent in VA form 21-534 (Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for Benefits by a Surviving Spouse), my father's discharge papers, my parent's marriage certificate and my father's death certificate. Since benefits are retroactive to the date the VA receives the claim, I wanted the VA to receive the claim ASAP, (mailed the documents return receipt requested). Approximately 7 weeks after the claim was filed, the VA sent additional forms for my mother to sign. When these forms were returned, I followed the rest of your instructions to a tee regarding all the other documentation needed and sent them along. Other than a few calls to the VA regarding status of the claim, only to get the same response, overworked and understaffed, my mother was approved for the maximum amount of $976 which will be going up 3 to 4 percent next year (per the VA office today). From the date the claim was received to the date payment was received was 6 months.