Veterans Report Long Waits to Receive Disability Benefits

Feb. 18, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says that more than one million veterans have pending claims for disability benefits, and many may wait years for a decision. An article from The Gazette discussed the hardships that this wait is causing many soldiers, and how the government is attempting to remedy the situation.

One Vietnam Veteran claims his exposure to Agent Orange and various Malaria treatments during his 13-month deployment left him suffering from multiple health problems. Four doctors have confirmed these to be the causes of his conditions, yet he has waited more than eight months simply to receive a status change in his disability rating.

Getting Veterans Disability Benefits is proving to be even more difficult for veterans just beginning the process, considering more than 900,000 claims are awaiting decisions—with an average wait time of close to a year. Experts believe this is due to mistakes being made during the filing process that forces claims to be juggled amongst the court systems.

The government has attempted to solve the problem by inflating the VA’s budgets and focusing manpower on processing more claims. However, data shows the deficit in processed claims is continuing to grow.

The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm explain the trends being seen in veterans disability claims today show the need to have an experienced attorney by your side throughout the filing process is greater than ever before.

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