After several months (4) just recieved notification that Dad was granted the maximum award! Thxs to this Web site and all of the contibutors in the forums, I was able to get this done for Dad. Followed all of the advice and was well organized. Definetly going to donate to this worthy web site and all of Debbies efforts and encourage all to do the same.... I believe dad will be eligible to recieve the retroactive payments that go back another year from his effective date of the award. Questions: 1) We are going to waive the right to a hearing and just go along with the incompetence rating as it appears as if it is the easiest move and quickest. Dad is not incompetent - he just has a hard time understanding all of the bureacracy associated with the VA...Dad lives in Illinois while I live in Colorado. Can I still be appointed fiduciary if I am across the country? Does it make it difiicult in terms of having a VA representative interview both my dad and myself if we are spreadout in different states? 2)Looks like I still need to prove dad needed the assistance of others (he was in the AL facility for the entire 1 year look back period) - would a note from his doctor indicating that he was being treated for all of the same ailments he had when awarded the pension suffice? Is there a standard letter (or form) I can give to the doctor to fill out? I want to make it easy for his doctor... Thanks for any input you can give.....You rock Veteran Aid.org!!!