The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) group doesn’t believe the government is doing enough to reduce the backlog of disability claims. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been working toward a goal of eliminating backlogged claims by 2015. Some of its efforts have included working older cases first, mandatory overtime and the implementation of an automated processing system.
As of the end of last year, delayed claims were dropping. But then in January they increased to approximately 400,000. The veteran’s group wants to see more done to work toward a solution, which means getting to the root of the problem.
The IAVA compiled a 36-page report which outlines a number of recommendations, some of which include:
- passage of more laws by Congress to ensure claims processing is done quickly;
- improved training for claims processors, leading to greater accuracy and efficiency;
- ensuring faster turnaround to obtain necessary documentation, such as medical records; and
- requiring vets file for disability using an electronic claim form.
The group would also like to see the VA do a better job of tracking the success of its efforts and anticipating how future decisions may impact the system.
The group’s ideas for moving the process forward at a quicker rate are in large part already supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, some are opposed by other vet groups, according to a USA Today report. One particular issue is that some veterans may not have access to a computer or the skills necessary to be successful in completing an online application.
Of course, there are steps vets can take to reduce unnecessary delays. Whether you need help filing an initial claim or an appeal, contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group for assistance. Call 855-855-8992 or contact us online.