My father-in-law is an 83 yr old WWII vet diagnosed with ALZ. He has been living in Assisted Living since Feb, 2009 and prior to that we had a home caregiver 3 days a week and I handled it the rest of the time. However, we moved him to Assisted Living on the Dr.'s advice since Dad started to become stubborn and wandered. We started the A&A formal application in November 2009, after spending about 3 months gathering all the information. In January, 2010 received a letter acknowledging receipt of the application and requesting more information/forms. We complied immediately. February, 2010 another letter requesting more forms/info. We complied. March, 2010 received a letter which determined that Dad had been declared incompetent and eligible for benefits. We celebrated and awaited more communcation as to what, when, how much, etc. received nothing so called in May 2010. Told it was under review and we should hear within 6 weeks. July, 2010 follow-up call and said Dad's file had been placed aside and not touched for 6 weeks. Representative acknowledged that everything seemed in order and said she would place a rush on the review. We should hear in month. Sept, 2010 called and was told that they needed a "Statement of Claim" from my husband as to why he should be appointed fidicuary. We could fax which we did the next day. Last week, called to follow-up again and were told that the claim had been closed the day after he spoke to the rep in Sept. My husband was no longer acknowledged to receive any information on the claim as claimant rep. since it was closed so they were unable to discusss why? what? when? etc. Stated we could complete another form authorizing release of information to him signed by Dad. I went on line and got the form. Typed up a cover letter and my husband was going to run to see his Dad (50 miles away) get his signature and mail registered mail that afternoon. Luckily, we received Dad's bank statement in mail before my husband took off and it showed a deposit from VA dated 10/1. My husband has handled all Dad's finances since 9/2008 after we found his untilities were going to be shut off and bills sent to collection due to non-payment. We found stacks of unopened mail hidden in his house. My question is how do we find out about the retroactive monies? No contact has been made by VA for an interview. My husband has full POA for all Dad's financial and health (done before his diagnosis of ALs) Who do we call? What is the next step? Why does VA not acknowledge a POA? Thanks in advance for any assistance/information you can provide.