My father is 93 year old WWII veteran. We engaged a lawyer to help us with his application, which was received by the V.A. last February, 2017. Based on advice from posts on this forum, I had our Congressional Representative begin inquiries after four months. We finally received a letter in September stating that he was not eligible for A&A because "entitlement to an additional payment of compensation is established when service-connected impairment imposes a special level of disability." He was also denied having met the criteria for A&A because he didn't "meet the criteria." He is legally blind, incontinent, uses a walker, cannot dress or feed himself without assistance, has mild dementia and needs help in all tasks related to daily living . The V.A. has all of his relevant medical records and letters supporting his claims for A&A from his primary care physician and ophthalmologist. Everything I had read on the VeteranAid website states that he should be eligible for A&A (he served 2 1/2 years in Europe during WWII). The V.A. decision states that his physical impairments must be service related. With the lawyer's help (she couldn't believe the V.A. denied his application), we filed a Notice of Disagreement in September, 2018. I contacted our U.S. Senator's office and a staff member has been inquiring about the application. In December, the V.A. informed me during a phone conversation that the average decision time for an appeal is 505 days! Is there anything else I can do to correct this situation? My father has been in assisted living for over a year, but his funds are depleting. The A&A benefit is necessary for him to remain in his facility. HELP PLEASE?