I would recommend that if you have submitted all the required documents and believe your veteran qualifies for A & A, and you have not received a response from the VA within 6 months (which I believe is more than enough time for the VA to make a decision), then you should immediately contact your Senator's office. Do not wait any longer. Your Senator will assign a staff member to your case. Once they contact the VA, the VA MUST respond to their request within 30 days. I found that this was the ONLY way to get action from the VA and wish I had done it sooner. I was already working with a veteran's aid organization that helped me with the documentation, but they have no authority over the VA. Your Senator does.