A growing number of soldiers are returning from service overseas with injuries sustained in Afghanistan or Iraq, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become overwhelmed with Veterans Disability Benefit Claims. This has led to a backlog of claims the VA is currently working to reduce.
The VA has a goal of processing all claims within 125 days of being received. However, in an article from Our Colorado News, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, explained that many veterans are waiting as long as 270 days to have claims for benefits processed.
The VA has been working to reduce this number by implementing a new paperless processing system and implementing mandatory overtime for all claim examiners. The agency has also gone so far as to process claims that are oldest first, but Coffman explains this may not be enough to eliminate the problem.
Coffman hopes vital reforms to the veterans disability process can be pinpointed and implemented through the Government Accountability Office and several new work groups.
The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm recognize how complex the veterans disability system can be. The firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have served and are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.