Several individuals have received a letter from the VA in response to their application for Aid & Attendance with the following comments incuded. Due to the amount of net worth that you reported, we need information concerning your monthly expenses. Please complete and return the enclosed VA Form 21-8049. Request for Details of Expenses. When you complete Section III, be sure to show all monthly expenses for the period. In addition, we need to know the market value* of all property you own except: # The house you live in and a reasonable area of land it sits on. # Your vehicle # Your clothing # Your furniture *Market value is the price you would get if you sold the item on the same day you submit this information to us. Attached is a copy of the form in question. Please look it over and determine how many of these questions actually would pertain to a veteran or widow in a nursing home or assisted care facility. What type of personal property is the VA referring to? Why doesn't the VA explain and how is to to be reported? VA's Manual M21 defines 'Personal Property' as: (6) Personal Property. The term "net worth" for VA purposes includes all personal property owned by the claimant except personal effects suitable to the claimant's reasonable mode of life. This means that normal household objects and possessions are not included in a net worth determination. Likewise, motor vehicles used for family transportation are not included in determining net worth. However, personal property which is owned primarily as an investment, e.g., an antique automobile or a coin collection, is included in determining net worth. NOTE: The term "personal property" includes all tangible property that is not land (real property) or fixtures on land. Did the VA start asking this information because too many claims for A&A are being received? Is this to intimidate the veteran/widow in hope they will give-up? You decide.