Hello, My brother and I are just starting the application process for A and A and are finding this website so helpful. We are gathering the appropriate documents and plan to apply ASAP since our dad is in Hospice care and my 86 year old mom cannot be the full time caregiver. (None of the children live nearby). We will need supplemental home care in addition to hospice or put my father in a nursing home. Currently we are tag-teaming to help her but this is not sustainable. Do the discharge papers and marriage certificate need to be the original documents? I have the originals but wondered if I can send a copy so that they don't get lost in the shuffle. Luckily my dad still has his papers after all these years and I did not have to apply for them. (He served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict). Has anyone applied while the veteran is under hospice care? I would be interested in your experience. I know things will change should my father pass way before the application process is completed and processes, but I feel we need to try. Thanks.