Delays are fairly common when it comes to a variety of veterans’ benefits. One example in which this can be a problem is for post-911 veterans seeking GI Bill benefits.
However, the good news is that progress has been made quicker, with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) reducing the process close to 50 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. This despite the fact there was a 27 percent increase in the number of educational claims filed.
This reduction in education benefits is being attributed to improvements in claims automation because of advancements in technology. Implementation of the “Long Term Solution” processing system in Sept 2012 includes more than 1,700 rules and calculations that help determine eligibility.
These benefits are available to Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and their families who wish to further their education. Housing, tuition, books and supplies and other payments are examples of expenses covered by the GI Bill.
For new enrollees, the current timeframe for processing an initial claim is less than 20 days on average. For returning students, less than eight days.
Improved GI Bill Processing May Help Disability Claims Processing
There are other advantages to the improvements of processing these educational benefits. It may also help the VA address the backlog of disability claims. The faster GI Bill benefits are processed, the more time can be spent on other claims, such as disability decisions.
VA provides lots of benefits to veterans and servicemembers. In addition to the GI bill, vocational rehab and home loan benefits may be available. But they also provide disability benefits when an injury or illness is service-connected. The amount depends on the disability rating assigned.
If you have applied for disability and are running into problems getting these benefits approved, contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group at 855-855-8992 to learn more about your rights and for help obtaining the disability benefits to which you are entitled.