I am beginning the process of gathering the documents needed to submit an A&A claim on behalf of my unmarried 85-year-old father, who is considering moving into assisted living. He is a veteran of the Korean Conflict. I think I have already been misinformed by a VA rep, who said that I first need to fill out a 1010EZ form. I did that last week and now think that I may not have needed to, although I guess it won't hurt? Anyway, as for A&A, I first thought that I needed to fill out the 526 form, but now it appears that I should fill out only the 527EZ form? He is not applying for compensation, just the aid and attendance benefits. i consider myself a fairly intelligent person, so the fact that I am not even sure what to fill out just boggles my mind! I want to do my best to get this right the first time, since his ability to receive these benefits will be a deciding factor in whether he can afford assisted living. He already is paying out of pocket for some assistance at home from a friend of the family. Also - his expenses for care aren't very much now, but they will be if he goes into assisted living. Will the fact that he's not paying for assisted living now hurt his claim to get A&A? Thanks for any guidance!