I know this sounds almost insane but it's true. I filed for my Dad on Jan. 9, 2012. He just got the letter of approval today but it was dated Jan. 19, 2012. We heard from them prior to that on Jan. 12 but it was to only to say they received the application. I have no one to thank but Debbie and the wonderful people on this site. This is a real shocker to us!!! He got the full amount of $1703.00. I read this site for days on end before the paperwork was sent. There would be no possible way that I could have figured out the mountain of paperwork to send if I had to figure it all out on my own. Now, of course my Dad does not need a fiduciary, so that might have also helped his approval so quickly. He is 89 years old but don't know if that helped either. Now, what was strange is I did not request they expedite his claim due to his advanced age. It was a worry that I omitted that in my cover letter but it obviously it proved to be needless in his case. This was written about the Evidence Used to Decide Your Claim VA Form 21-256 VA Form 21-8416 VA Form 21-2680 Caregiver Statement Social Security Award Letter 1009-R Death Certificate for Wife Proof of Service I filled out all of the forms online, so they were quite neat and easy to read. They also said he may be entitled to prior benefits from January 9, 2011 to January 9, 2012. You can bet those forms will be sent out A.S.A.P! (well, maybe after he gets his first month's benefit on Feb. 1) Again, this site is golden and there really are no words to express my appreciation. Debbie should be canonized as "Saint Debbie of Aid and Attendance." Her work is selfless and remarkable. I know of no one who would expand all of that energy and put so much love into a website to help old vets. I know my Dad never believed there was such a person but now his faith has been restored. Thank You Debbie! You are a true jewel!