I can't believe this, but I am thrilled to report that my father's A&A benefit was approved in 30 days! I used all of the tips found in this forum and mailed his application with supporting documents in late Sept. I received a confirmation letter from the VA on Oct.4 that his application had been received. His bank statement showed a direct deposit on Nov.9! We still haven't received his letter stating that he's been approved, but I'm sure we'll get that any day. Thanks for all who have shared tips here. We are so grateful!