I found this site while looking for assistance for my sister who has moved in with my dad and is his full-time caregiver. My dad is a WWII Vet, and my sisters and I promised him he would never have to go to a nursing home. I cannot tell you how much you all have helped! I gathered information from this site, got all my paperwork together, completed the fillable forms online, made copies and saved a file to my computer, put everything into a small binder with tabs...this helped me get organized, and mailed it "Certified Return Receipt". I wrote a Cover Letter and stated the items enclosed: VA Form 21-526 Application for Pension Copy of Discharge Documents (Notorized) VA Form 21-2680 Physicians Report Care Expense Statement VA Form 21-8416 Medical Expense Report Social Security Award Letter Retirement Statement Prescription Invoice 6-17-2011 Mailed "Intent To File" Form 8-10-2011 Received notification that application was received at the St. Paul Pension Center on August 5th, 2011. 8-16-2011 Received acknowledgement of receipt of application and informed that they were in the process of deciding whether additional evidence or information was needed and that it might take a long time because they were busy and had many applications. 8-27-2011 Received Notification of Award of "Aid & Attendance" I can tell you there were tears and a Happy Dance when my sister and I opened the mail...after we got over the shock, of course! There was an application and instructions to apply for 12 month retroactive pension and, I assure you, I will be doing that immediately. VA disqualified un-reimbursed prescription co-pays because they said they could not reasonably consider them a continuing medical expense even though I did send in a Prescription Invoice. I know from the information I've gotten on this site to send those in with the first EVR Form I file. They also did not approve from the time I sent in the "Intent To File" Form but from the time they received the actual application August 5th. I may be able to include that on the EVR Form also and request they consider that date as the original. Because of this site my dad will not have to go to a nursing home and my sister can live with him and be his full-time caregiver. Thanks so much!!!