I am in the process of submitting a new claim and requesting old ones to be reopened. I have read a lot about the Buddy Letters and own own supporting lay letters. One site strongly recommended that you use a Sworn Declaration form instead of the VBA-21-4138-ARE form. The reasoning is that the VA supposedly sees those forms for so many different things that they really don’t even read them. Has anyone found this to be true and is the Sworn Declaration form better?