Back in December 2016 I filed the VA form for "Notice of Intent to File." I mistakenly put myself down as the "claimant" and correctly that my brother was the veteran. A few weeks later I received a letter from the VA stating that they had received my application to be the beneficiary of an A&A pension. After realizing my error, I sent an email to the VA, stating my mistake and asking what I should do about it. The VA was very prompt in their response, but I did have some difficulty deciphering some of the information. I then decided this was too important an issue for me to try and do on my own. I pursued other avenues to find adequate assistance. My state VA office was, I'm sorry to say, worthless. There aren't any registered VA advisors in my community, so I then pursued local lawyers that are accredited by the VA. To be accredited they have to agree to not charge for the initial VA A&A pension application. They can charge for an appeal, if necessary. Even with the attorney, and she gave me tremendous advice in detailed emails, it took my wife and I weeks to assemble all of the required documentation. I can't imagine anyone applying successfully the first time around, without the assistance of either a VA accredited lawyer, or a VA trained advisor.