Having read a number of posts recently from people who say they sent in a 3 ring binder of information to the VA when they applied for Improved Pension, I thought I'd check on something. We met with our County VA this week to begin the process of applying for the Improved Pension. In addition to the VA forms, the representative said he only needs copies of 1) my parents' marriage certificate, 2) my dad's DD214,and 3) their Social Security statements. He did not want copies of statements regarding my dad's retirement pay from civilian employment or copies of IRA and annuity statements showing balances and/or income from those. He said he didn't need copies of bank statements verifying those balances either. Does that make sense? I can understand them not requiring a copy of my dad's Military retirement statement or his VA service connected disability status; the VA probably already has access to all of that. But they don't have access (at least not easy access) to information on income and assets that aren't Military or VA. We haven't sent the application in yet because he made some errors (put things in the wrong columns, etc) so we have time to assemble a complete package, although we had everything with us that he should need; he just wouldn't take it because he said he didn't need it.