I finally got the decision letter. It was better news than we could have ever hoped for. My Dad was the vet. When he was dx with cancer at age 87, I filled out an VA 21-526 for him and the VA received it on 3/29/12. I sent in the 21-2680 for Dad and the VA received it on 4/27/12. Dad passed on 4/29/12. I filed an informal notice of claim for Mom at the end of January of 2013. Then I filed the 21-534EZ and 21-2680 for Mom and it was received by the VA on 3/28/13. The application was received and processed by the Milwaukee Pension Benefit Center. On 10/1/13, my Mom got a deposit of $398 in her checking account from the VA. I couldn't figure out what this was since Mom clearly qualifies for the max pension amount ($1087/mo). Well, it was Dad's pension for the month of April 2012. Mom will get her October deposit of $1087 on 11/1/13 and all of the retroactive payments, back to April 2012, will be released to her fiduciary once that person is approved. We will not contest the finding of incompetency and I should qualify as her fiduciary (am her daughter, am an attorney, never convicted of a crime, never filed bankruptcy, have been handling her finances since Dad fell ill). It will be over $10K. Thank you, everyone, for all of your help! It's a miracle!!