I applied for benefits at the end of Dec 2008 for my mom, through the San Diego VA office. Got a letter promptly saying it had been received. At the end of Feb 2008, we got a letter saying it had been redirected to the St. Paul, MN pension center and asking for some more info. In case anyone is seeking info for that center, it is listed here, along with a handy map of which states are served by which of the three national VA centers: http://www.vba.va.gov/ro/central/stpau/Pages/PMC.html Hope this is helpful for others. Still waiting on my mom's determination, keeping fingers crossed.