Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki sponsored a nationwide contest for VA employees and veterans services organizations to help improve the VA claim process. There were 10 winners in the contest, and one Pittsburgh man received special recognition for his idea on how to homogenize the questionnaires private physicians use when examining veterans.
In order to be awarded disability benefits, veterans must undergo a private exam as well as an exam at a VA medical facility in order to have their condition and degree of disability properly diagnosed. The award winning idea of using standardized forms would speed up the veteran’s assessment.
The benefits veterans would take from a streamlined process would be noteworthy. Reforming this part of the claim(s) processing could end up saving veterans a month of waiting for their claim(s) making them a month closer to receiving benefits. Not only does it cut down on the time veterans spend waiting, it cuts down on paperwork.
Using standardized forms will help both the veterans and the private physicians:
- Veterans will be much more aware of the necessary required information;
- The new process will most likely lower the amount of examinations required, which will benefit those veterans finding it hard to travel; and
- The physicians will be more familiar with the veteran’s medical history.
Due to the new laws surrounding presumptive disabilities related to Agent Orange, the VA expects to see approximately 200,000 veterans becoming eligible for disability benefits. When this happens all at once, the backlog in claim(s) processing is going to be considerable. Once this happens, any part of the claim(s) processing that can be sped up will be much appreciated.
Constructing the raw templates for these forms and putting this plan into action will take a couple of months and the templates will need to comply with federal regulations. Once everything is given the green light, it is expected that this idea will have a remarkable national impact.
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If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.